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Do you need to write a persuasive essay but aren’t sure what topic to focus on? Were you thrilled when your teacher said you could write about whatever you wanted but are now overwhelmed by the possibilities? We’re here to help!

Read on for a list of 113 top-notch persuasive essay topics, organized into ten categories. To help get you started, we also discuss what a persuasive essay is, how to choose a great topic, and what tips to keep in mind as you write your persuasive essay.

What Is a Persuasive Essay?

In a persuasive essay, you attempt to convince readers to agree with your point of view on an argument. For example, an essay analyzing changes in Italian art during the Renaissance wouldn’t be a persuasive essay, because there’s no argument, but an essay where you argue that Italian art reached its peak during the Renaissance would be a persuasive essay because you’re trying to get your audience to agree with your viewpoint.

Persuasive and argumentative essays both try to convince readers to agree with the author, but the two essay types have key differences. Argumentative essays show a more balanced view of the issue and discuss both sides. Persuasive essays focus more heavily on the side the author agrees with. They also often include more of the author’s opinion than argumentative essays, which tend to use only facts and data to support their argument.

All persuasive essays have the following:

  • Introduction: Introduces the topic, explains why it’s important, and ends with the thesis.
  • Thesis: A sentence that sums up what the essay be discussing and what your stance on the issue is.
  • Reasons you believe your side of the argument: Why do you support the side you do? Typically each main point will have its own body paragraph.
  • Evidence supporting your argument: Facts or examples to back up your main points. Even though your opinion is allowed in persuasive essays more than most other essays, having concrete examples will make a stronger argument than relying on your opinion alone.
  • Conclusion: Restatement of thesis, summary of main points, and a recap of why the issue is important.

What Makes a Good Persuasive Essay Topic?

Theoretically, you could write a persuasive essay about any subject under the sun, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Certain topics are easier to write a strong persuasive essay on, and below are tips to follow when deciding what you should write about.

It’s a Topic You Care About

Obviously, it’s possible to write an essay about a topic you find completely boring. You’ve probably done it! However, if possible, it’s always better to choose a topic that you care about and are interested in. When this is the case, you’ll find doing the research more enjoyable, writing the essay easier, and your writing will likely be better because you’ll be more passionate about and informed on the topic.

You Have Enough Evidence to Support Your Argument

Just being passionate about a subject isn’t enough to make it a good persuasive essay topic, though. You need to make sure your argument is complex enough to have at least two potential sides to root for, and you need to be able to back up your side with evidence and examples. Even though persuasive essays allow your opinion to feature more than many other essays, you still need concrete evidence to back up your claims, or you’ll end up with a weak essay.

For example, you may passionately believe that mint chocolate chip ice cream is the best ice cream flavor (I agree!), but could you really write an entire essay on this? What would be your reasons for believing mint chocolate chip is the best (besides the fact that it’s delicious)? How would you support your belief? Have enough studies been done on preferred ice cream flavors to support an entire essay? When choosing a persuasive essay idea, you want to find the right balance between something you care about (so you can write well on it) and something the rest of the world cares about (so you can reference evidence to strengthen your position).

It’s a Manageable Topic

Bigger isn’t always better, especially with essay topics. While it may seem like a great idea to choose a huge, complex topic to write about, you’ll likely struggle to sift through all the information and different sides of the issue and winnow them down to one streamlined essay. For example, choosing to write an essay about how WWII impacted American life more than WWI wouldn’t be a great idea because you’d need to analyze all the impacts of both the wars in numerous areas of American life. It’d be a huge undertaking. A better idea would be to choose one impact on American life the wars had (such as changes in female employment) and focus on that. Doing so will make researching and writing your persuasive essay much more feasible.

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List of 113 Good Persuasive Essay Topics

Below are over 100 persuasive essay ideas, organized into ten categories. When you find an idea that piques your interest, you’ll choose one side of it to argue for in your essay. For example, if you choose the topic, “should fracking be legal?” you’d decide whether you believe fracking should be legal or illegal, then you’d write an essay arguing all the reasons why your audience should agree with you.

Arts/Culture

  • Should students be required to learn an instrument in school?
  • Did the end of Game of Thrones fit with the rest of the series?
  • Can music be an effective way to treat mental illness?
  • With e-readers so popular, have libraries become obsolete?
  • Are the Harry Potter books more popular than they deserve to be?
  • Should music with offensive language come with a warning label?
  • What’s the best way for museums to get more people to visit?
  • Should students be able to substitute an art or music class for a PE class in school?
  • Are the Kardashians good or bad role models for young people?
  • Should people in higher income brackets pay more taxes?
  • Should all high school students be required to take a class on financial literacy?
  • Is it possible to achieve the American dream, or is it only a myth?
  • Is it better to spend a summer as an unpaid intern at a prestigious company or as a paid worker at a local store/restaurant?
  • Should the United States impose more or fewer tariffs?
  • Should college graduates have their student loans forgiven?
  • Should restaurants eliminate tipping and raise staff wages instead?
  • Should students learn cursive writing in school?
  • Which is more important: PE class or music class?
  • Is it better to have year-round school with shorter breaks throughout the year?
  • Should class rank be abolished in schools?
  • Should students be taught sex education in school?
  • Should students be able to attend public universities for free?
  • What’s the most effective way to change the behavior of school bullies?
  • Are the SAT and ACT accurate ways to measure intelligence?
  • Should students be able to learn sign language instead of a foreign language?
  • Do the benefits of Greek life at colleges outweigh the negatives?
  • Does doing homework actually help students learn more?
  • Why do students in many other countries score higher than American students on math exams?
  • Should parents/teachers be able to ban certain books from schools?
  • What’s the best way to reduce cheating in school?
  • Should colleges take a student’s race into account when making admissions decisions?
  • Should there be limits to free speech?
  • Should students be required to perform community service to graduate high school?
  • Should convicted felons who have completed their sentence be allowed to vote?
  • Should gun ownership be more tightly regulated?
  • Should recycling be made mandatory?
  • Should employers be required to offer paid leave to new parents?
  • Are there any circumstances where torture should be allowed?
  • Should children under the age of 18 be able to get plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons?
  • Should white supremacy groups be allowed to hold rallies in public places?
  • Does making abortion illegal make women more or less safe?
  • Does foreign aid actually help developing countries?
  • Are there times a person’s freedom of speech should be curtailed?
  • Should people over a certain age not be allowed to adopt children?

Government/Politics

  • Should the minimum voting age be raised/lowered/kept the same?
  • Should Puerto Rico be granted statehood?
  • Should the United States build a border wall with Mexico?
  • Who should be the next person printed on American banknotes?
  • Should the United States’ military budget be reduced?
  • Did China’s one child policy have overall positive or negative impacts on the country?
  • Should DREAMers be granted US citizenship?
  • Is national security more important than individual privacy?
  • What responsibility does the government have to help homeless people?
  • Should the electoral college be abolished?
  • Should the US increase or decrease the number of refugees it allows in each year?
  • Should privately-run prisons be abolished?
  • Who was the most/least effective US president?
  • Will Brexit end up helping or harming the UK?

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  • What’s the best way to reduce the spread of Ebola?
  • Is the Keto diet a safe and effective way to lose weight?
  • Should the FDA regulate vitamins and supplements more strictly?
  • Should public schools require all students who attend to be vaccinated?
  • Is eating genetically modified food safe?
  • What’s the best way to make health insurance more affordable?
  • What’s the best way to lower the teen pregnancy rate?
  • Should recreational marijuana be legalized nationwide?
  • Should birth control pills be available without a prescription?
  • Should pregnant women be forbidden from buying cigarettes and alcohol?
  • Why has anxiety increased in adolescents?
  • Are low-carb or low-fat diets more effective for weight loss?
  • What caused the destruction of the USS Maine?
  • Was King Arthur a mythical legend or actual Dark Ages king?
  • Was the US justified in dropping atomic bombs during WWII?
  • What was the primary cause of the Rwandan genocide?
  • What happened to the settlers of the Roanoke colony?
  • Was disagreement over slavery the primary cause of the US Civil War?
  • What has caused the numerous disappearances in the Bermuda triangle?
  • Should nuclear power be banned?
  • Is scientific testing on animals necessary?
  • Do zoos help or harm animals?
  • Should scientists be allowed to clone humans?
  • Should animals in circuses be banned?
  • Should fracking be legal?
  • Should people be allowed to keep exotic animals as pets?
  • What’s the best way to reduce illegal poaching in Africa?
  • What is the best way to reduce the impact of global warming?
  • Should euthanasia be legalized?
  • Is there legitimate evidence of extraterrestrial life?
  • Should people be banned from owning aggressive dog breeds?
  • Should the United States devote more money towards space exploration?
  • Should the government subsidize renewable forms of energy?
  • Is solar energy worth the cost?
  • Should stem cells be used in medicine?
  • Is it right for the US to leave the Paris Climate Agreement?
  • Should athletes who fail a drug test receive a lifetime ban from the sport?
  • Should college athletes receive a salary?
  • Should the NFL do more to prevent concussions in players?
  • Do PE classes help students stay in shape?
  • Should horse racing be banned?
  • Should cheerleading be considered a sport?
  • Should children younger than 18 be allowed to play tackle football?
  • Are the costs of hosting an Olympic Games worth it?
  • Can online schools be as effective as traditional schools?
  • Do violent video games encourage players to be violent in real life?
  • Should facial recognition technology be banned?
  • Does excessive social media use lead to depression/anxiety?
  • Has the rise of translation technology made knowing multiple languages obsolete?
  • Was Steve Jobs a visionary or just a great marketer?
  • Should social media be banned for children younger than a certain age?
  • Which 21st-century invention has had the largest impact on society?
  • Are ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft good or bad for society?
  • Should Facebook have done more to protect the privacy of its users?
  • Will technology end up increasing or decreasing inequality worldwide?

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Tips for Writing a Strong Persuasive Essay

After you’ve chosen the perfect topic for your persuasive essay, your work isn’t over. Follow the three tips below to create a top-notch essay.

Do Your Research

Your argument will fall apart if you don’t fully understand the issue you’re discussing or you overlook an important piece of it. Readers won’t be convinced by someone who doesn’t know the subject, and you likely won’t persuade any of them to begin supporting your viewpoint. Before you begin writing a single word of your essay, research your topic thoroughly. Study different sources, learn about the different sides of the argument, ask anyone who’s an expert on the topic what their opinion is, etc. You might be tempted to start writing right away, but by doing your research, you’ll make the writing process much easier when the time comes.

Make Your Thesis Perfect

Your thesis is the most important sentence in your persuasive essay. Just by reading that single sentence, your audience should know exactly what topic you’ll be discussing and where you stand on the issue. You want your thesis to be crystal clear and to accurately set up the rest of your essay. Asking classmates or your teacher to look it over before you begin writing the rest of your essay can be a big help if you’re not entirely confident in your thesis.

Consider the Other Side

You’ll spend most of your essay focusing on your side of the argument since that’s what you want readers to come away believing. However, don’t think that means you can ignore other sides of the issue. In your essay, be sure to discuss the other side’s argument, as well as why you believe this view is weak or untrue. Researching all the different viewpoints and including them in your essay will increase the quality of your writing by making your essay more complete and nuanced.

Summary: Persuasive Essay Ideas

Good persuasive essay topics can be difficult to come up with, but in this guide we’ve created a list of 113 excellent essay topics for you to browse. The best persuasive essay ideas will be those that you are interested in, have enough evidence to support your argument, and aren’t too complicated to be summarized in an essay.

After you’ve chosen your essay topic, keep these three tips in mind when you begin writing:

  • Do your research
  • Make your thesis perfect
  • Consider the other side

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50 Persuasive Essay Topics to Help You Ace Your Next Assignment

50 Persuasive Essay Topics to Help You Ace Your Next Assignment

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Welcome to your ultimate guide to persuasive essay topics! 

In this post, we’ll provide a list of 50 persuasive essay topics to help you get started on your next assignment. 

We’ll also include some tips for writing a persuasive essay to help you craft a strong and effective argument. Whether you’re a student or a professional writer, these persuasive essay topics are sure to inspire and challenge you.

What Is a Persuasive Essay?

Persuasive essays are a type of argumentative essay that encourage the reader to accept a particular point of view or take a specific action.

They typically open with a question, followed by a series of arguments intended to persuade the reader to take the same side as the author.

In a persuasive essay, the author will usually appeal to the readers’ emotions in order to prove that their opinion is the correct one. But this doesn’t mean that persuasive essays ignore evidence , facts, and figures; an effective persuasive essay makes use of a combination of logical argument and emotive language to sway the audience.

A persuasive essay can cover just about anything from pop culture to politics. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of 50 persuasive essay topics to inspire your next assignment!

Top 50 Persuasive Essay Topics

  • Should the government censor the internet?
  • Should the government regulate the sale of violent video games?
  • Should self-driving cars be banned?
  • Is facial recognition software unethical?
  • Should mental health apps collect users’ personal data?
  • Should children under 13 have cell phones?
  • Should internet access be treated as a human right?
  • Should all paperwork be digitized?

Science and the Environment

  • Should the use of plastic bags be banned?
  • Should genetically modified organisms be labeled?
  • Should we clone human beings?
  • Should animal testing be allowed?
  • Should the government fund space exploration?
  • Should the government regulate the use of pesticides in farming?
  • Should the government regulate the use of antibiotics in livestock?
  • Should the government fine people who drive gas-powered vehicles?
  • Should climate change be declared a national emergency?

Crime and Politics

  • Should the death penalty be abolished?
  • Should all American citizens have to serve a year of community service?
  • Should the US voting age be lowered to 16?
  • Should the government adopt a tougher immigration policy?
  • Should the government cut its military spending?
  • Should the government introduce a national living wage?
  • Should politicians be banned from social media?
  • Should the electoral college be abolished?

Health and Fitness

  • Should the government provide universal healthcare?
  • Should the government ban the use of certain chemicals in cosmetics?
  • Should parents be allowed to choose the gender of their unborn child?
  • Should physical exercise be mandatory at work?
  • Should employees have to disclose health conditions to their employers?
  • Should fast food commercials be banned?
  • Should herbal medicines be better regulated?
  • Should regular mental health checkups be mandatory?
  • Should schools offer fast food options like McDonald’s or Taco Bell?
  • Should students be required to wear uniforms?
  • Should the government provide free college education?
  • Should schools offer comprehensive sex education?
  • Are high school students given too much homework?
  • Should humanities and arts subjects receive more funding?
  • Should military recruiters be allowed on school grounds?
  • Is the school day too long?
  • Should every US citizen be required to learn another language?

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  • Should the drinking age be lowered or raised?
  • Should the use of tobacco be banned?
  • Should marijuana be legalized?
  • Should all museums and art galleries be free?
  • Should kids be encouraged to read more?
  • Should public spaces provide unisex bathrooms?
  • Is pet ownership a human right?
  • Should extreme sports be banned?

Tips for Writing a Persuasive Essay

Once you’ve chosen your topic, it’s time to start writing your persuasive essay. Here are our tips:

Choose a Side

When you’ve picked the question you’re going to address in your essay, you also need to choose one side – or answer – that you’re going to write in favor of.

It helps if you’re passionate about the topic, as this will enable you to write from an emotional perspective.

Do Your Research

In order to write persuasively , you need to understand the topic you’re writing about. 

Make sure you know the details of your subject matter, and can provide facts and figures to back up your appeal to your readers’ emotions.

You should also read up about different points of view on the topic, so that you can bring them up in the form of counterarguments and rebuttals .

Keep Your Audience in Mind

When you’re writing your essay, think about who it is you’re trying to persuade. The way you speak to a student, for example, will be different to how you address a parent.

Consider what your potential audience will value, and how you can reach them on an emotional level. 

Outline Your Essay

Now you’ve got all the information you need, it’s time to plan and write your essay.

You should break it down into the follow sections:

  • An introduction, which sets up the question you’re going to answer and what side of the argument you are aiming to persuade the reader of.
  • The body of the essay, with a paragraph for each of the points you want to make.
  • A conclusion, where you summarize your points and main arguments.

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75 Persuasive Essay Topic Ideas

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The persuasive essay is one type of writing that you will likely come across in your academic career. A persuasive essay, if you're unfamiliar, is one in which you have to make an argument. You need to choose a side and prove why you're correct by using hard evidence and convincing language. The idea is that you want to convince the reader that your argument is the right one, so you'll definitely want to pick a topic that you're passionate about and something that you'll get excited about researching and writing. This exercise is designed so that you can clearly articulate your opinion and understand why it's important to have evidence to back up your claim.

Your teacher or instructor will probably have specific guidelines on what your essay should entail, but you might have a little bit of free reign on what kinds of topics you can explore and argue about in your essay. With so many things to argue about and for, it might be a little overwhelming to come up with a topic on your own. When you feel like you're stuck on brainstorming ideas, take a look at the following list of 75 persuasive essay topics. You may find something you can use, or something you can adapt for the specific guidelines of your paper. Happy writing!

Educational persuasive essay topics

There are so many things that can be discussed when it comes to education. In our country (and globally), there are many different opinions on how education should be handled and what tactics teachers or academic administrators should use. Here are a few topics on education (which could be expanded or changed to fit your teacher's guidelines) that might be of interest to you.

  • Should soda be offered in school cafeterias?
  • Should schools teach abstinence-only education?
  • Why should schools teach financial literacy?
  • Do all students need to go to college?
  • Should students take a gap year after high school?
  • Do all students need to learn a foreign language?
  • Is online or homeschool an effective way to learn?
  • Should standardized tests determine whether or not you go on to another grade level?
  • Should all students be required to participate in the arts?
  • Should a college education be free?
  • Should high school journalists be protected under the First Amendment?
  • Some universities just have pass/fail grades instead of letter grades. How do you feel about this?
  • Should teachers/professors be unbiased in the classroom?
  • Should you still learn cursive in elementary school? What are the disadvantages/ advantages?
  • Many college campuses have speakers come in occasionally. These speakers can range in political opinion and some can be controversial. Should you let speakers come to schools that have controversial rhetoric or ideas to uphold free speech?

Political persuasive essay topics

They say that you should never talk about politics or religion because it's not polite. But in a persuasive essay, that rule is completely extinguished. Politics and religion are hotbed subjects for a reason—because so many people have radically different ideas of how a society and a country should operate. What side of these political persuasive topics are you on? Take a stab at one of these and the paper will likely fly out onto the keyboard.

  • Should protesters be allowed to block traffic? Do they pose a threat to public safety?
  • Why should you vote?
  • Should same-sex marriage be legal?
  • What is your opinion on protecting religious liberties?
  • What is your opinion on separating church and state?
  • Why has the country become so divided politically over the past few years? Can it be fixed?
  • Many industries (like coal and manufacturing) are tough to find a job in and many Americans are out of work. How should we solve this problem?
  • Should citizens under 18 be able to vote?
  • Should a National Voter ID law be passed to avoid voter fraud?
  • What does the phrase "fake news" mean?
  • Local newspapers are dwindling. What should be done, if anything, about this problem?
  • Should local municipalities do more to combat global warming? If so, how?
  • How should we reduce the threat of terrorism in the United States?
  • Females have traditionally lower participation in politics. Why do you think that is?
  • Some people say that the top 1% of earners don't pay enough taxes. How do you feel about this?
  • Will a huge wall on the southern border with Mexico solve the United States' immigration problem?
  • How should we solve the United States' immigration problem?
  • The voter turnout for the 2016 presidential election was less than 60%, which is much lower than in other democratic societies. Why do you think this is and what can be done about it (or should anything be done about it)?
  • Millennials are graduating college with a lot of student loan debt. What should be done to avoid a debt crisis?
  • Many say that minimum wage jobs are low skill and the workers in them shouldn't be compensated more for their work, but others claim that a minimum wage job isn't enough money to live off of. Which side do you land on?
  • What do you think of celebrities who are vocal about environmental issues but who frequently fly on private, and not commercial, jets?

Crime and legal persuasive essay topics

Crime in any society is an unfortunate inevitability. Why does crime happen and what should be done about it? These are just a few of the things to explore in these crime/legal persuasive essay topics.

  • What should we do about a city with a high crime rate like Chicago?
  • Should guns be allowed on college campuses?
  • Should gun laws be more restrictive?
  • Do we have a right to privacy?
  • Trends have shown that many recent terrorists have been convicted or accused of domestic violence. What should be done and how do you feel about this?
  • Should we have the death penalty? If so, when should it be used?
  • Many prisoners are incarcerated for minor drug charges (such as possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia). Should we try to rehabilitate these prisoners or should they serve their full sentences?
  • Colorado has legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. What is your opinion of this?
  • Do you think marijuana is a gateway drug which leads some users to harder drugs?
  • Can criminals be rehabilitated?
  • Many prisoners who enter the system are likely to have a high recurrence of criminal activity. What can be done to solve this?
  • Many people are starting to use drones for recreational activity. Should there be restrictions on where and how you can use your personal drone?
  • Self-driving cars are expected to become increasingly used on city roads. If a self-driving car gets into an accident, whose fault is it? The engineer's?

Health persuasive essay topics

Health is something that we all have to worry about. Whether it's our own health or the health of a loved one, there are many things to think about and research on. What's your opinion on the healthcare system in our country? Should we treat drug addiction like a disease? How should we handle end-of-life care? Try out one of these essay topics to research and gain insight on some of the biggest challenges and questions that our society faces when it comes to health.

  • Opioid addiction is at an all-time high in states like Ohio. What should we do to combat this?
  • Should healthcare be universal?
  • How do you feel about paternity leave?
  • Should women get guaranteed maternity leave?
  • The state of California requires that you display nutrition facts about menu items in restaurants. Should all states do this?
  • Should fast food be "sin taxed" like cigarettes are?
  • There is an effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Should we do this or not? If we should, what improvements can be made to a replacement act?
  • Many soldiers are coming back from warfare with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What should we do to help them?
  • Many Americans are overweight. What has caused this health crisis and what can be done about it?
  • Should vitamins and supplements be more tightly regulated?
  • Should health insurance companies provide more financial incentives for subscribers to work out and eat more healthfully?

Women's and gender persuasive essay topics

Are there inherent differences between men and women or is that just a societal myth? Women have gained a lot more rights over the last 100 years in America, but some say they still have a long way to go before they achieve equal rights. How do you feel about this and other women's and gender issues? Explore the following fascinating topics.

  • Women have what is known as the "second shift" (meaning that as soon as they get home from work they have additional responsibilities that require their attention immediately). What do you think about this concept and should anything be done about it?
  • There are many women's rights and minority rights advocates. Should there be men's rights advocacy groups? What about Caucasian advocacy groups?
  • Some people say that gender is a socially constructed norm. What do you think?
  • Women who participate in body building competitions are trying to build the "ideal" figure, which some claim is an outdated, sexist idea. But some argue that building muscles is considered a sport and a traditionally "masculine" idea. Which side do you agree with?
  • Some people think that beauty pageants are outdated and anti-feminist and shouldn't be televised anymore. How do you feel?
  • New wave feminism is the idea that feminism can encompass many different ideas of what it is to be a feminist. It's the idea that you can have choices (whether that's staying at home with children or trying to be a CEO). How do you feel about new wave feminism?

Miscellaneous persuasive essay topics

Of course, there are more categories of essay topics than what are listed above. Here are some additional essay topics if you haven't found one yet that captures your interest.

  • Does social media improve or hurt our society?
  • Is it important or frivolous to travel the world?
  • Many Americans watch a lot of reality TV shows. Why do you think this is?
  • With many people reading digital copies of books, are libraries necessary anymore?
  • Should anything be done to curb the rise in offensive lyrics in music?
  • Should pregnant women be allowed to park in handicapped parking spots?
  • Recent studies have shown that pets improve the mental and the physical health of their owners. Should pet-related expenses be tax-deductible?
  • What do you think about net neutrality?
  • With the rise in selfies and Instagram photo filtering apps, do you think we have become a more self-obsessed society?

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and phrasing them in a way that appeals to people and changes their mind. 

If you’ve ever been in an argument, discussion, debate, or verbal fight with someone and felt like the other person isn’t making sense, you know that persuasiveness isn’t a skill everyone has. That’s why learning how to write a persuasive essay is important and taught in school. In this article, you’ll learn how to choose good persuasive essay topics and find lists of persuasive essay topics to inspire you!

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What Is a Persuasive Essay?

A persuasive essay is an academic writing assignment that asks a student to use logic, facts, emotional appeals, and reasoning to sway the opinion of the reader. It’s a very common writing assignment because it tests critical thinking ability as well as the ability to present arguments and write convincingly. 

To make things clear, let’s use an example. An essay about gaming in the early 2000s wouldn’t be considered a persuasive essay because there is nothing to convince the reader about. On the other hand, an essay about why storytelling in games has improved since the early 2000s would be considered a persuasive essay because you are making an argument. 

People often confuse persuasive essays and argumentative essays, but there are two main differences. An argumentative essay discusses both sides of an issue and then agrees with one whereas a persuasive essay focuses more on the side the author agrees with. An argumentative essay also relies more heavily on facts to make an argument whereas a persuasive essay leans on the author’s opinions.

What Is a Good Persuasive Essay Topic?

People have differing opinions about everything, but that doesn’t mean that anything can be a great persuasive essay topic! A good topic is important for any essay, but especially for persuasive essays because the goal is to convince people to agree with your viewpoint. 

This leads to the most important thing about a good persuasive topic - it has to be something you genuinely care about and are interested in. Genuine passion comes across in writing, and when the goal is persuading people, passion is vital. You’ll also enjoy the research more and have to do less of it.

Remember that though a persuasive essay relies more on your opinions, it does require some facts to help add weight to your arguments. So make sure that there is some research or information you can cite to back up your claim.

Just because you think a topic is fascinating doesn’t mean that everyone else will as well. Think about who the audience is that you’re writing the essay for and choose a topic that they would find engaging as well. 

A topic that’s broad might have too much information to go through or be difficult to make a convincing argument about. Think about how long your essay is going to be and choose a topic that you can cover in that word count. 

If you keep these things in mind, you’ll end up with a topic that will lead to a high scoring essay!

Choose a Topic for a Persuasive Essay

Now that you understand how important it is to choose good topics for a persuasive essay and what makes a topic good, you should be able to figure out what kinds of things you want to write about. Still, it’s not easy to pinpoint an exact topic, so down below you’ll find 180 topics to write a persuasive essay on separated into several categories. Use these to inspire you!

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Persuasive Essay Topics for Middle School

12 middle school persuasive essay topics perfect for young adults!

Why you should have a later bedtime
Sleepovers are a positive way to form connections outside of school
Makeup should not be allowed for children under the age of 15
Bullying is worse online than offline
Teachers have a responsibility to help with mental health
Why I should be taken more seriously
Should young teens be allowed to vote on certain issues like climate change?
Why MrBeast is a good role model
Gaming is an educational way to spend free time
Sports are overrated 
What I would change about the educational system
The best way to spend a weekend

Persuasive Essay Topic for College

12 persuasive essay topics for college and issues important to college students.

University students should be given more mental healthcare options
Most people don’t end up working in a field related to their major
The most useful thing in university is building a network
Student protests are a powerful force for change
Fraternities and Sororities are divisive
Attending class is irrelevant if you do all the reading
College educations are overpriced
Remote learning is more effective for some students than in-class learning
The government should do more to help with student debt
Religious colleges provide a higher quality of education
Why a certain college is the best in the state
There should be more choice in what classes a student can pick

High School Persuasive Essay Topics

12 persuasive essay topics for high school and life for teenagers

Student council is just a popularity contest
Teachers should do more to stop bullying
School dances cause more harm than good
Cooking is a life skill that everyone should learn
Why your favorite video game is the best 
Healthy food should cost less than junk food
Dress codes are too strict 
Why you should do an exchange program
Why reading is better than watching something
The biggest changes that need to happen in your high school
Favoritism plays a big role in the grades students get
There should be more extracurricular activities in high school

Persuasive Essay Topics for Kids

12 fun topics to inspire children’s imaginations.

Why your favorite cartoon is better than others
School should start later in the morning
Having siblings is more fun than being an only child
Every class should be held outdoors at least twice a week
There should be more videogames for girls
Robots will make life better for humans
Students should give an evaluation of their teachers every year
Ironman would beat Batman in a fight 
There should be more field trips every year 
Children should not be forced to do chores
Cursive writing doesn’t need to be taught anymore
What is the best pet?

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Controversial Persuasive Essay Topics

Controversy is natural when trying to convince someone. Be careful when writing a controversial essay! Make sure you keep your audience in mind and choose a topic that won’t offend them too much. 

Society still has a very backward conception of mental illness
Men and women are not equal in every way but should be treated the same
Religious extremism is just a form of free speech
Big technology companies know too much about you 
Books should never be censored or banned
CEOs make too much money 
Creationism should not be taught in government funded schools
Racism is worse in Europe than in America
Social media makes mental illness worse
Magazines should clearly state which photos have been edited
The emphasis on happiness in the last decade has led to more depression
People should be judged on what they say as well as what they do

Argumentative Persuasive Essay Topics

Remember to present both sides evenly and use logic and facts as well as your opinions to make a convincing argument. Here are 12 persuasive argument essay topics to debate. 

Men should get paid paternity leave
Cheating in romantic relationships is more common than previously believed
Solving global issues will help developed countries as well
Celebrities should be held to higher moral standards
Should countries only have one official language?
Conscription is against basic human rights
Energy drinks should be more regulated
Should shopping addiction be considered a psychological disorder?
Social media companies need to do a better job policing posts
Countries should not be held responsible for actions they did more than 50 years ago
The legal voting age should be the same as the drinking age
The government has the right to censor specific internet websites

Research Persuasive Essay Topics

12 topics for persuasive essay that require a fair amount of research to craft a convincing argument. 

The economic recession caused by COVID-19 is worse than the great depression
Gene therapy is going to change the way humanity exists
Technological advancements in the 19th century have left a deep impact on the world today
Texting while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving
Walking is the best form of exercise for people over 50 
Video games were harder in the 1990s 
The economy of ancient Greece was very sophisticated
Driving is the most dangerous form of transportation
Athletes have been paid highly since antiquity
There is no way to find a cure-all cancer treatment
The price of high-quality art will always increase
Stock markets need to be more regulated

Sports Persuasive Essay Topics

Whether you’re an athlete or a fan, sports awaken passion! Here are 12 great persuasive essay topics.

Sports have a cult-like following in modern America
Student athletes should be paid 
Sports culture promotes negative male stereotypes of ultra masculinity
Professional sports commentators should all have played the sport
Why football (soccer)  is the most popular sport in the world 
Popular sports movies have a large impact on the number of athletes produced
There is too much pressure put on young Olympic athletes
E-sports will become more popular than traditional sports in 10 years
Boardgames should also be considered sports
Tag can be considered the first sport played by humans
Treating athletes have led to many medical breakthroughs
Sports are placed too high on the scale of social importance

Animal Persuasive Essay Topics

We share our planet with millions of types of creatures, here are 12 persuasive essay topics ideas about them.

People should only be allowed to hunt if they eat the animal they kill
Who should be saved if the choice is between your pet and a human stranger?
Do animals feel emotions?
You are a hypocrite if you only care about cute animals
Humans have the right to control animal populations
There should not be any taboos about what animals people eat 
Is there a moral obligation to adopt a pet rather than buy a pure breed?
There is no such thing as a natural pet since humans have been selectively breeding them for millennia
Why pigs are considered smarter than a 2-year-old human
There are different kinds of intelligence in the animal kingdom
Robotics will advance based on the study of animal movement
Should humans tame wild animals like lions and tigers?

Medical Persuasive Essay Topics

People have differing opinions on important matters and medicine is literally life or death, 

Here are an example of persuasive essay topics related to medicine 

There should be more government funding for research into alternative medicine
Healing crystals work if you believe in them
Psychedelic substances should be made available for mental health treatments
Genetic engineering and gene therapy are against religion
Should doctors be able to do certain procedures without informed consent?
Pharmaceutical companies should price life-saving drugs at cost
Medical research should be done by governments rather than private companies
Medical smartphone applications are the future of healthcare
Doctors need to be better trained in bedside manner
Surgeons tend to overprescribe surgical solutions
Medical tourism is only going to increase with time
Is laughter really beneficial to human health?

Fun Persuasive Essay Topics

12 essay topics that are fun to think about, fun to research, and fun to write!

Why the beach is better than mountains as a vacation destination
Superman is a boring superhero
Science fiction is going to become the dominant genre in media
Horror movies reflect the biggest societal problems of the time
You should date at least 10 people before getting into a new relationship
Becoming a social media influencer is a valid career choice
Can money buy happiness?
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will always be relevant
Diversity makes music better today than in the past
Minecraft is lego for the internet era
You can learn anything you want to on YouTube
Instagram will develop into a super app with unlimited features

Environmental Persuasive Essay Topics

The environment is one of the hot button topics in the world, everyone should have an opinion. Here are 12 topics to inspire your essay.

The human impact on the planet is insignificant
Only native plants should be grown in home gardens
Snorkeling and scuba diving negatively impact local ecosystems
Buying fewer new clothes impacts the environment significantly
Why weather forecasting is so imprecise
Erosion is the biggest threat to agriculture
More animals should be placed on the endangered species list 
Being in nature has recorded benefits for health
Cow hugging reduces stress levels
The coffee industry is exploitative
Recycling should be mandatory and punishable
New sustainable technologies should be shared around the world at cost

Psychology Persuasive Essay Topics

Psychology is endlessly fascinating as well as extremely complicated, so here are 12 topics on the subject to think about.

There are too many conflicting schools of psychology
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most effective form of treatment
There are huge cultural differences in psychological phenomena
Psychological research done only in America can not be generalized to all of humanity
Why do humans feel the need to belong to groups
Why love is the most powerful human emotion
Emotional intelligence is more important for predicting happiness than SAT scores
Freud was right about some concepts but wrong about others
What is the impact of social media on depression 
A course in psychology should be made mandatory in high school
People think they are given more attention than they actually are
Being physically attractive can cause psychological harm

Our Top Persuasive Essay Topics  

12 popular persuasive essay topics that everyone can, should, and probably do have an opinion about. 

Teachers should have to pass a test in their field every 5 years
Living in a globalized world poses unique challenges to young people 
Choose and defend your favorite media personality 
How can people be held accountable for their actions on the internet?
Gaming is going to become a driver of technological advancement
The importance of social skills is declining 
Population sizes will stabilize by 2050
Humans have had a positive impact on some aspects of the environment
Young people will start enjoying in-person activities like board games again
Friendship has become a different concept than it was 30 years ago
Travelling broadens the mind in many different ways 
Meditation is the best way to reduce stress

Some More Interesting Persuasive Essay Topics

12 persuasive essay topic ideas that are just plain fascinating. 

Atheists are just as moral as theists
Religion and faith will always have an important place in human societies
Aliens probably exist based on the size of the universe
We are currently living in the best time of humanity despite all the problems around us
Music tastes are set in young adulthood and rarely change
Is it possible that ghosts exist but not everywhere in the world?
Some things should not be joked about no matter what 
The United Nations should be replaced with a more effective organization
Everyone involved in politics is a narcissist 
Dragons exist in many cultures around the world because people had to explain dinosaur fossils
Intermittent fasting is the healthiest way to lose weight
What side do you fall on in the nature vs nurture debate?

Choosing the right topic to write a persuasive essay on can make the writing process both easy and fun! Make sure that the topic is something your passionate about, you know something about, appeals to your target audience, is broad enough to research but narrow enough to cover fully, and you’ll have the perfect topic. If you found a topic that inspired you from the topic examples, great! If you need any more services by paper writing service coursework writing , admission essay writing service , the experts at Studyfy can help you with not just picking a topic, but with all elements of your persuasive essay.

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Unique Persuasive Essay Topics for Students

Writing a persuasive essay can be quite an interesting task for students. It allows them to showcase their research and analytic skills and present their thoughts orderly. 

Choosing the right topic is key to making the writing process more enjoyable. 

Here are some great ideas that you can use for your essay: 

Persuasive Essay Topics for Middle School 

  • Should students be required to wear uniforms in school? 
  • What are the benefits of a longer school day? 
  • How can technology help improve student engagement and learning? 
  • Is it important for all schools to have equal access to resources? 
  • Should physical education be mandatory in all schools? 
  • How can schools better prepare students for entering the job market?
  • Should a student’s grade be based solely on test performance?
  • Is it important to limit screen time, or should there not be restrictions? 
  • Should recess time be increased or decreased in school? 
  • Is it beneficial for students to take part in after-school activities?

Persuasive Essay Topics for Grade 6 

  • Should school lunch prices be lowered to make it more accessible for all students? 
  • Is there an argument for allowing cell phone usage in the classroom? 
  • Should schools offer a wider variety of electives? 
  • Is there a persuasive case for requiring physical education classes in elementary and middle schools? 
  • Should students be allowed to opt-out of standardized testing? 
  • Is the current homework load for elementary and middle school students too much? 
  • Should school provide free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of financial status?
  • Should sixth-grade classes have more field trips and outdoor activities? 
  • Should students have access to more technology in the classroom? 
  • Is there an argument for making recess mandatory for all grade levels? 

Persuasive Essay Topics for Grade 7

  • Should schools have a dress code? 
  • Should students be required to do community service projects to graduate? 
  • Is it necessary for all student-athletes to take mandatory drug tests? 
  • Are the current laws on gun control sufficient enough? 
  • Should same-sex marriage be legal? 
  • Should teenage drivers be allowed to have passengers in their cars? 
  • Is standardized testing an effective measure of student success?
  • Should homework be abolished in schools? 
  • Should young children be allowed to use mobile phones or tablets at school? 
  • Are video games too violent for young children?

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Persuasive Essay Topics for High School 

  • Should physical education classes be mandatory in high school?
  • Is a strict dress code necessary for student success?
  • Are standardized tests an effective measure of student achievement?
  • Does social media have a positive or negative impact on teenagers?
  • Should students be allowed to grade their teachers? 
  • Should cell phones be prohibited in the classroom?
  • Should schools offer fast food options like McDonald's or Taco Bell?
  • Is competitive sports necessary for a well-rounded education? 
  • Are after-school activities essential to a student’s development?
  • Should students be allowed to choose their classes?

Persuasive Essay Topics for College 

  • Should universities require all students to take at least one course in diversity studies? 
  • Should universities implement free speech zones on campuses? 
  • Should college athletes be paid for their performance? 
  • Is it ethical for employers to ask about an applicant’s criminal history during the hiring process? 
  • Should college students be required to take a foreign language course? 
  • Should the US government provide free tuition for all qualifying students? 
  • Is it ethical to use animals in scientific research? 
  • Are standardized tests an adequate measure of academic aptitude and ability? 
  • Should paper textbooks be replaced with e-books? 
  • Should all students be required to learn coding and computer science in school? 

Persuasive Essay Topics for University 

  • Should universities offer free tuition to all students?
  • Are special scholarships beneficial for university students?
  • Should college athletes be paid for their services?
  • Is it important for universities to provide mental health resources to their students? 
  • How can universities help prevent cheating and plagiarism among students?
  • Should universities be required to provide online courses?
  • Are university degree requirements outdated and irrelevant?
  • Is it necessary for university students to take physical education classes? 
  • Does the presence of social media in academia positively or negatively impact learning? 
  • Should universities prioritize research over teaching?

Interesting Persuasive Essay Topics from Different Fields 

When choosing essay topics, there is no shortage of interesting persuasive essay topics from different fields available.

Here are some examples of interesting persuasive essay topics from different fields:

Arts & Culture 

  • Should museums be more inclusive of diverse cultures?
  • Should the government fund public art programs?
  • Are comic books an important form of literature?
  • Does graffiti have any value as an art form?
  • Is the traditional concept of beauty outdated in today’s society? 
  • Is it important for the public to have access to art galleries and museums?
  • Do modern movies have any real artistic value?
  • Are video games a form of art?
  • Should government funding be given to the performing arts?
  • Does the music industry put too much emphasis on image rather than talent?
  • Should governments guarantee a minimum wage?
  • Should the government subsidize green energy projects?
  • Is it necessary to introduce higher taxes on wealthy people?
  • Are free trade agreements beneficial or detrimental to developing countries?
  • Can economic growth be sustained without harming the environment?
  • Is immigration beneficial or detrimental to a country’s economic growth?
  • Should governments limit the size of banks and financial institutions?
  • Is it necessary for countries to regulate their currency markets?
  • Should governments invest in renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuels?
  • Should high officials pay more taxes?
  • Should students be required to complete a certain number of community service hours to graduate?
  • Should school uniforms be mandatory for all public schools?
  • Are textbooks becoming obsolete due to technological advances?
  • Should the education system focus more on practical subjects such as coding and programming?
  • Is the current grading system in public schools fair and effective?
  • Is homeschooling a viable alternative to traditional schooling?
  • Should standardized testing be abolished from the education system?
  • Should teachers receive bonuses for good performance in the classroom?
  • Are students more likely to succeed if they attend a private school or university?
  • Should all students have access to free college tuition?
  • Is using animals in medical research ethical?
  • Should parents be allowed to choose their child’s gender?
  • Should companies be held responsible for the pollution they create? 
  • Are businesses obligated to act ethically when conducting business abroad? 
  • Is it ethical to censor content on the internet?
  • Should the government enforce stricter regulations on genetically modified food?
  • Is it ethical to use artificial intelligence in decision-making processes?
  • Should corporations be allowed to have their own private security forces? 
  • Are restrictions on freedom of speech necessary for public safety? 
  • Do companies have an ethical responsibility to pay fair wages?

Government and Politics 

  • Should the government regulate social media?
  • Should term limits be placed on members of Congress?
  • Are taxes too high in the United States?
  • Should voting be mandatory for all citizens?
  • Is the Electoral College still relevant today?
  • Does the death penalty serve as a deterrent to crime?
  • Should the US switch to a single-payer health care system?
  • Should there be limits on campaign spending?
  • Should the United States adopt a flat tax system?
  • Is it time to repeal the Second Amendment?
  • Is legalizing marijuana an ethical practice?
  • Should parents be allowed to choose the gender of their child? 
  • Is it ethical to test medicines on animals? 
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of genetic engineering? 
  • Are there any health risks associated with using digital screens too often? 
  • Should physical education be mandatory in every school? 
  • Is the healthcare system in your country adequate for your needs? 
  • Are there any benefits to eating organic food? 
  • How does mental health affect physical health? 
  • Should vaccinations be mandatory for all children? 
  • Was the Spanish Inquisition justified? 
  • Were the American Colonists justified in rebelling against Great Britain? 
  • Did Christopher Columbus’ discoveries benefit or harm indigenous populations? 
  • What effect did Genghis Khan have on world history? 
  • Did World War I significantly change the course of history? 
  • Was the Treaty of Versailles fair to Germany? 
  • Did Napoleon Bonaparte’s rule bring about positive or negative changes for France and Europe? 
  • Should the United States annexed the Philippines in 1898? 
  • How did the Great Depression shape world history? 
  • Is there any validity to the theory of a “clash of civilizations”? 
  • Should artificial intelligence be regulated?
  • Should autonomous vehicles be allowed on public roads?
  • Is the internet making us less social?
  • Should research into cloning be banned?
  • Are there moral issues related to genetic engineering?
  • Should governments fund space exploration programs?
  • Are smart home devices making us more vulnerable to cyberattacks?
  • Should the government regulate social media use?
  • Are robots taking away jobs from humans?
  • Should nuclear energy be used as an alternative to fossil fuels?
  • Should professional athletes be drug tested?
  • Is there a gender gap in sports?
  • Should college athletes be paid for their performances?
  • Does skill or luck decide the outcome of sports competitions?
  • Are sporting events becoming too commercialized? 
  • Is it necessary to increase public funding for sporting events?
  • Is the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports cheating or fair?
  • Should college students be able to choose their own sports teams?
  • Do professional sports hurt young people?
  • Should parents allow children to play violent video games?
  • Should schools replace textbooks with tablets?
  • Are algorithms replacing human decision-making in the workplace?
  • Is it time to regulate the use of facial recognition technology?
  • Can artificial intelligence and robots be used to improve healthcare outcomes?
  • Should autonomous vehicles be allowed on public roads? 
  • Should Internet access be a basic human right?
  • Should social media platforms do more to protect user privacy?
  • Is blockchain technology the future of banking and finance? 
  • Are virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa invading privacy? 
  • Can we trust that autonomous weapons system will make ethical decisions in war?

Social Media

Here are a few social media persuasive essay topics. Take a look at them.

  • Is social media a positive or negative influence on society?
  • Should employers be able to access an employee's social media accounts?
  • Should people be allowed to post anonymously online?
  • How can parents protect their children from the risks of using social media?
  • Does the spread of fake news on social media hurt society?
  • Should governments regulate online speech on social media?
  • Should employers be allowed to conduct background checks using social media?
  • Is the personal data of individuals safe from exploitation by corporate interests on social media platforms?
  • Are people spending too much time on their digital devices?
  • Is the use of social media by young people making them more isolated?

Controversial Persuasive Essay Topics 

  • Should the death penalty be reinstated in all states?
  • Should gun control laws be stricter? 
  • Is global warming a real threat? 
  • Are vaccinations safe for children? 
  • Should prostitution be legalized? 
  • Should marijuana be made legal? 
  • Does school uniform violate personal freedom? 
  • Should genetically modified foods be allowed in the market? 
  • Should sex education in school be mandatory? 
  • Should animal testing be banned?

Fun Persuasive Essay Topics 

  • Should cats be allowed to go to school?
  • Should people have a minimum number of friends before they can graduate?
  • Is it okay to laugh at your own jokes?
  • Should parents be required to take parenting classes?
  • Are video games the best way to spend free time?
  • Should kids be allowed to wear pajamas in public places?
  • Should students have to pass a test before they can drive a car?
  • Are cell phones essential for teenagers or should they be limited?
  • Should everyone learn how to cook their meals?
  • Would it be better if all schools had the same uniform?

Argumentative Persuasive Essay Topics 

  • Should the electoral college be abolished? 
  • Is it ethical to eat meat? 
  • Should the internet have censorship? 
  • Are genetically modified foods safe for human consumption? 
  • Is social media good or bad for society? 
  • Should the drinking age be lowered or raised? 
  • Should school attendance be mandatory for students? 
  • Are video games too violent and negatively influencing children?  
  • Should religious education be banned from public schools?

How to Choose a Good Persuasive Essay Topic? 

Choosing a writing topic for your persuasive essay writing is essential. 

The right topic will let you draft an exceptional and well-written essay. Selecting a persuasive essay topic might sound easy, but it can be challenging. 

You cannot randomly start writing a persuasive essay about any topic and expect your essay to be brilliant. 

To select the best topic for your essay, take these essential steps:

1. Know your Interests -   You can only draft an effective essay if you are writing about something that interests you. When you write something you are passionate about, the enthusiasm helps to persuade the readers.

2. Narrow Down Ideas - Make a rough list of the topic of your interest. Then, analyze all the issues and identify topics you think you can present well.

3. Pick your Stance - Now that you know the information is sufficient on a topic, decide your stance. Pick a side to support with evidence and logic. 

4. Controversy is the Best Policy - People love to read about controversial stuff. It is more likely that the readers will go through the entire essay to ease their curiosity. 

After passing your ideas through these filters, you will have a strong and arguable topic to draft an essay on.

Tips for Writing a Compelling Persuasive Essay 

Whether you are in school, college, or university, crafting an effective persuasive essay can be difficult.

Fortunately, with a few tips and tricks, you can create a compelling, persuasive essay that will make your readers take notice. 

Here are six tips to help you write a compelling, persuasive essay:

1. Choose Your Topic Carefully

You need to select a relevant and interesting topic for your audience. Make sure you feel passionate about it and can present it logically and convincingly.

2. Do Extensive Research

Before beginning your essay, research your topic as much as possible. So you can present both sides of the argument in an informed, balanced way.

3. Identify Your Audience

 Before writing your persuasive essay, consider who will be reading it and their interests. 

This will help you write in a language that resonates with them and ensure that your arguments suit their understanding.

4. Use Logical Arguments

It is important to provide logical and compelling arguments to be persuasive. Make sure you use facts, statistics, and other evidence to make your points more convincing.

5. Structure Your Essay Well

An effective persuasive essay should be well-organized. Divide it into an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. 

Pay attention to the structure of your essay, as it can help you make your points more effectively.

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6. Make It Engaging

An engaging, persuasive essay will capture your audience’s attention from beginning to end. 

Use various techniques to make your essay interesting and engaging, such as using examples, analogies, and persuasive language.

We hope you are inspired by our comprehensive list of topics. Pick up a topic that entices you and start working on it. By following these amazing tips and tricks, you can surely compose an essay that will wow your professor.

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Have you read an article online about the alarming threats of climate change? Or, maybe, one that claimed 5G wireless frequencies have caused the COVID-19 pandemic? They were pretty convincing, right? This is because authors making such articles use several special techniques to persuade you to believe in their sometimes ridiculous ideas. This is a core element of persuasive writing topics. Many writers use very good persuasive essay topics to convince you of their assertions on a given issue. In this guide, you will explore 300+ persuasive essay ideas on different subjects and themes, which can greatly help you in academic work.  In case you lack motivation, best recruit a persuasive essay writing service and wrap the task up quickly.

What Are Persuasive Essay Topics?

Persuasive essay topics are designed to convince the reader to agree with your point of view. More often, they are opinionated rather than descriptive. Since persuasive ideas are argumentative in nature, they challenge readers to think about the issue critically. However, topics for persuasive essays lean more towards the writer’s position instead of discussing both sides, like in argumentative essay topics .  People write a persuasive essay for varied reasons, such as creating an advertisement and convincing customers to buy a product or generally change someone’s opinion on a given subject. On most occasions, persuasive paper topics revolve around issues in culture, politics, and religion. Regardless of their purpose, you should use a convincing language amd examples to sway readers. In this context, persuasive topics are somewhat identical to exemplification essay ideas  where you also provide evidence to get your point across.

Characteristics of Good Persuasive Essay Topics

You can come up with many good topics for persuasive essays, but that does not mean that you should necessarily write about them. Specific persuasive essay prompts are easier to develop into strong and convincing papers. Then, what constitutes great titles for essays ? Below are characteristics of good persuasive essay topics you should consider:

  • Relevant to current trends.
  • Timely and contain updated information.
  • Clear and concise. They enable readers to understand and grasp what is being discussed.
  • Appeal to the audience by generating interest and emotions.
  • Provide evidence that supports your argument.
  • Focused and specific instead of broad or shallow.
  • Debatable, allowing writers and readers to formulate arguments and counterarguments, and make a strong case.

How to Choose a Persuasive Essay Topic?

You have been asked to choose a topic. So, how do you approach the assignment? Of course, you can think of many persuasive topics to write about, but you must be careful about what you select. In fact, settling on a particular subject can be tough given the high academic expectations. These 6 tips will help you choose an appropriate persuasive essay topic:

  • Identify your area of interest When selecting a topic for a persuasive paper, make sure you are passionate about it. This way, it will be much easier to generate ideas.
  • Think about your audience Consider the readers and what they find interesting. Your choice should be relevant to them.
  • Reflect on the purpose Define the reasons for writing the essay and what you want to accomplish. It should align with your personal goals.
  • Conduct research Sharing an opinion on an issue does not mean it is informed. You still need to find more information from credible sources that will help build your arguments.
  • Go for controversy Settle on a topic that has conflicting opinions. This will engage your readers and give them something to think about.
  • Avoid sensitive issues Do not write about personal or uncharacteristic topics that can provoke your readers.

List of Persuasive Essay Topics

The biggest challenge for most students is understanding where to start when picking persuasive essays topics . Is it an appropriate one? Will the lecturer accept it? We have combed through several lists of persuasive topics to provide you with 10 that are simple, relevant, and current: 

  • Should high schools be free for all students?
  • Is the death penalty more appropriate for dangerous criminal offenders?
  • Should the government implement more stringent measures on gun control?
  • Is it ethical to clone animals and use them for scientific research?
  • Should countries enforce mandatory COVID-19 vaccination on its citizens?
  • Is it appropriate for football players to protest about social injustices in a foreign country?
  • With the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, should the U.S. administration get involved in the conflict?
  • Should children be allowed to play complex video games from an early age?
  • Does motorsport racing under rainy conditions make it more exciting?
  • Should social media companies implement greater restrictions on what people post online?

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Best Persuasive Essay Topics

The best topics for persuasive essays are thought-provoking, current, and controversial. They can generate multiple perspectives. Here is a list of 15 best topics to write a persuasive essay on: 

  • Are genetically modified crops beneficial or harmful to society?
  • Does social media positively or negatively impact personal privacy and security?
  • Is net neutrality relevant in this modern era of interconnectivity?
  • Do phone manufacturing companies that recycle plastic waste help the environment on a larger scale?
  • Does early childhood development have an impact on long-term success?
  • Is online shopping making the traditional business model obsolete?
  • Do renewable energy sources benefit or derail a country’s economy?
  • Is technology positively or negatively impacting mental health and well-being?
  • Do online learning programs harness or destroy traditional universities?
  • Will criminal justice reforms become a necessity to society?
  • Does reducing greenhouse gas emissions significantly contribute to climate change?
  • Are drones good or bad for personal and commercial use?
  • Is social media use positively or negatively impacting politics and democracy?
  • Do privacy laws promote personal freedom or restrict it?
  • Will legalizing marijuana bring more good than harm to society?

Good Persuasive Essay Topics

Good topics for a persuasive essay elicit emotional response and lead to a strong argument. There are so many to choose from, but you can check out these 15 good topics to write a persuasive essay on and pick one that interests you:

  • Should each country increase its minimum wage?
  • Can gun ownership and sale be regulated?
  • Should college athletes be paid?
  • Should learning institutions ban the use of smartphones by students within their premises?
  • Is lowering the voting age to 16 an appropriate move?
  • Should using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) be regulated?
  • Should citizens receive free healthcare?
  • Should schools ban junk food?
  • Should colleges require learners to wear uniforms?
  • Should the death penalty be abolished?
  • Should sex education be part of the curriculum?
  • Should States ban the use of plastic bags?
  • Should animal testing be banned?
  • Should the government regulate internet access?
  • Should the legal age of drinking be increased?

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Interesting Persuasive Essay Topics

An interesting persuasive essay prompt should grab the reader’s attention and touch on issues that bring out strong opinions and reactions. Here are 15 interesting persuasive paper topics for you. You can pick one that resonates with you. 

  • Artificial intelligence is proving powerful even at its infant stage. Can its use be regulated?
  • Fake news and misinformation are spreading fast following increasing online activities. Should social media companies be held accountable for this?
  • Can virtual reality be used for therapeutic activities?
  • Should the government provide free for its unemployed citizens?
  • Can college admission be based solely on merit?
  • Should telemedicine become the new norm in healthcare?
  • Should universities teach financial literacy as a core subject?
  • Will revising school curriculums help integrate diverse perspectives in teaching and learning?
  • Should plastic surgery be more regulated?
  • Do modern movies portray any artistic value like their classical counterparts?
  • Should the government introduce higher tax brackets for wealthy people?
  • Does the death penalty deter crime?
  • Will robots replace humans in workplaces?
  • Should animal rights be considered on par with human rights ?
  • Should self-drive vehicles be allowed on public roads?

Easy Persuasive Essay Topics

An easy persuasive essay topic is straightforward and requires less research to write as it does not need one to have a deep understanding of complex issues. Readers can easily familiarize with them and formulate clear arguments. Here are 15 easy persuasive topics you can write on: 

  • Should students be mandated to participate in physical education in school?
  • Can food trucks serve healthier meals?
  • Should learning institutions offer free menstrual products to all female students?
  • Can rehabilitation centers be made free for patients battling substance abuse disorders?
  • Should the government provide tax reprieve for citizens using environmentally friendly vehicles?
  • Is it better to give or receive?
  • Should kids be allowed to go to bed past midnight?
  • Is it better to have more field trips and outdoor experiences than in-class learning?
  • Should zoos be banned?
  • Should working pregnant women be added more maternity leave time?
  • What should the government do to help homeless people?
  • Should electric vehicles replace gas-powered cars?
  • Is singing the national anthem before a world cup match necessary?
  • Can torture be used when dealing with matters of national security?
  • Should convicts be permitted to vote?

Funny Persuasive Essay Topics

You may want to use humor to sway a reader’s opinion. Fun persuasive essay topics incorporate jokes, pun, and sarcasm to make a point. Here are 15 persuasive paper topics you can use in your write-up: 

  • Should aliens be granted citizenship on Earth?
  • Can there be a law requiring people to take a nap each day?
  • Should superheroes be real and work for the government?
  • Can robots be allowed to compete in sports?
  • Should pizza be recognized as a staple food?
  • Is it realistic for schools to have similar uniforms?
  • Should the government invest in a department of sarcasm?
  • Can pets go to school?
  • Is it acceptable to laugh at your own funny jokes ?
  • Should adults be required to take parenting lessons before they become one?
  • Is playing video games the best way to spend free time?
  • Should all books be required to have a happy ending?
  • Can emojis be taught in school as a second language?
  • Should unicorns be recognized as a real species?
  • Should students be required to make a minimum number of friends before graduating?

Unique Persuasive Essay Ideas

If all the above ideas do not match what you are looking for, see if these 15 unique persuasive essay topics would appeal to you. Remember to select persuasive essay prompts that you are familiar with and can find information to back your stance. 

  • How much should people know about a president’s personal life?
  • Do animal zoos protect or exploit them?
  • Can virtual reality be used as a tool for criminal rehabilitation?
  • Should the government fund human enhancement technology for the disabled?
  • Is it ethical to train soldiers to be excellent assassins?
  • Should the use of virtual currencies be regulated by banks and other financial institutions?
  • Should internet access be free to all citizens?
  • Should human cloning be permitted for medical research?
  • Can schools offer classes on self-defense against criminals?
  • Should parents be allowed to choose the gender of their kid?
  • Is it reasonable for parents to genetically alter their babies?
  • Is there a good reason for countries going to war?
  • Which would you prefer, being rich and alone or living a poor life but with friends?
  • Is life better today than it was 60 years ago?
  • Should cryogenics be considered a valid option for preserving one's life?

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Controversial Topics for Persuasive Essays 

Controversy is part of human interest that leads to endless discussions and arguments in favor of or against different viewpoints. Controversial topics for persuasive essay mostly challenge societal norms and beliefs. Such papers can elicit strong emotions from readers and, more often than not, spark heated debates. Check out these 15 controversial things to write a persuasive essay on:    

  • Are COVID-19 vaccinations safe for children?
  • Should the Second Amendment be abolished or reformed?
  • Should marriage be redefined to include same-sex couples?
  • Should abortion be legalized?
  • Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?
  • Should schools be required to offer courses on climate change and environmental activism?
  • Should the government conduct surveillance on its citizens?
  • Can affordable housing projects solve homelessness in most African countries ?
  • Are cryptocurrencies scam?
  • Should military organizations be allowed to develop and test biological weapons of mass destruction?
  • Should patients be able to access assisted suicide when terminally ill?
  • Are video games getting too violent for our children?
  • Should schools ban religious education?
  • Is global warming threatening human existence?
  • Should social media platforms be banned during election periods?

Persuasive Essay Topic Ideas for Students

Students may be required to tackle some persuasive writing prompts to show how they develop and present opinions on various issues. The instructor may provide several guidelines on how to approach the assignment, but you will most likely be free to focus on an area that appeals to you. With so much to choose from, you could be too overwhelmed to settle on good persuasive essay topics for students. If you feel stuck, take a look at our suggestions list below. 

Persuasive Essay Topics for Elementary Students

If you are in elementary school, practicing some persuasive tactics can help you learn how to express yourself better. Coming up with topics to write about for a persuasive essay can assist students build critical thinking skills from an early age. Here are 10 elementary persuasive essay topics you may find useful: 

  • Should schools have dress codes?
  • Should teachers give out homework to students?
  • Should students bring their favorite toys to school?
  • Should the school day end earlier?
  • Should students be required to learn a foreign language?
  • Should schools have a student council?
  • Can students send a letter to the school management?
  • Should elementary schools provide free meals to all students despite their financial status?
  • Should recess be made mandatory for all grade levels?
  • Should students receive pocket money from their parents?

Persuasive Essay Topics for Middle School

For middle school students, choosing a simple title for a persuasive essay and then researching them is a viable approach to helping build an understanding of different issues of the world around. It will also assist them in better expressing their opinions. These 10 persuasive essay ideas for middle school should get you started: 

  • Should kids access the internet without parental control?
  • Are celebrities bad role models for children?
  • Should people wear safety belts when using public transport?
  • Should social media platforms limit the age required to create an account?
  • Should parents pay their kids after scoring good grades in school?
  • Is it necessary for children to be informed about politics?
  • Should students be allowed to wear what they want, even if it's unconventional?
  • Is it important for individuals to respect different cultures and beliefs?
  • Should kids be allowed to engage in extreme sports ?
  • Should teens be able to express their opinions freely?

Persuasive Essay Topics for High School

Choosing high school persuasive essay topics is a demanding task since they should strike a balance between being challenging enough for your but not too hard to research. In essence, the prompts should cover issues pupils have learned in class and can easily relate with. We have chosen 10 good persuasive essay topics for high school that will challenge your thoughts but simple enough to prevent any confusion: 

  • Should teens care for their ageing parents?
  • Should schools offer more technology education, such as coding and computer engineering?
  • Following today’s culture and societal norms, has Christmas lost its true meaning?
  • Should schools provide free birth control and condoms to students?
  • Do human activities cause climate change?
  • Should college tuition be free for all students?
  • Should high school students have part-time jobs?
  • Are all politicians good people?
  • Does money make the world go round?
  • Should cities across all states have free Wi-Fi?

Persuasive Essay Topics for Colleges Students 

For students who want to challenge themselves, picking college persuasive essay topics can be a great way to improve their critical thinking skills. You can select one of these 10 persuasive essay topics for college level if you are up for the task: 

  • Should churches be taxed?
  • Is climate change the most significant issue humans have ever faced?
  • Should countries focus on their development rather than pumping resources to solve global issues?
  • Should freedom of speech have its limits?
  • Should colleges and universities offer more courses on sustainable living and environmental protection?
  • Are humans fueling their own destruction?
  • Is morality objective?
  • Can we rely on nuclear power ?
  • Should prisons be privatized?
  • Is social media positively or negatively affecting learning in colleges and universities?

Persuasive Writing Topics by Subject

When choosing persuasive writing essay topics, there is no shortage of a good idea from any of the available subjects. We have carefully taken an in-depth look at some fields and came up with a wide range of prompts for persuasive essays. From the examples given below, you can pick one that interests you and can comfortably write about it. We urge you to go through the list, and if you find an area that appeals to you, do not hesitate to use it.

Persuasive Essays Topics on History

Persuasive research paper topics on history are excellent for social studies, asking students to debate on various past and present issues. Some questions may not be as straightforward as you think. Here are 10 topics for a persuasive essay: 

  • Was the early European exploration mission to Africa and other continents a good or bad thing?
  • Should companies be allowed to make contributions towards political candidates?
  • Is democracy effective as a form of governance?
  • Was the American Civil War primarily fought over states' rights or slavery?
  • Was the Vietnam War a necessary conflict?
  • Should schools teach revisionist history?
  • Should the Confederate flag be displayed in public places?
  • Are the founding fathers heroes or villains?
  • Was it justifiable for America to use atomic bombs in World War II?
  • Should we commemorate and celebrate Columbus Day?
Read more: Historical Research Topics  

Persuasive Essay Ideas About Culture

You have probably heard many arguments on culture and related issues, which are perfectly suitable for persuasive writing ideas. Examine cultural heritage, traditions, immigration, and other ideas for persuasive writing below: 

  • Can music be used as a treatment intervention for mental illness?
  • Should there be limits on immigration to preserve a country's cultural identity ?
  • Is cultural diffusion a good or bad thing for society?
  • Should there be restrictions on cultural exports, such as music, movies, and art?
  • Should cultural heritage sites be preserved for future generations?
  • Should the representation of different cultures in media and entertainment be more diverse?
  • Should culture be modified to fit modern society?
  • Do the Kardashians positively or negatively influence young people?
  • What can museums do to encourage more people to visit?
  • Should cultural traditions be preserved, even if they are harmful?

Science Persuasive Essay Topics

The ever-evolving science world brings up lots of ethical concerns, making it easy to find a persuasive research topic. See what you think about these 10 topics for a persuasive research paper in this field: 

  • Is evolution a fact or theory?
  • Should the government continue funding space exploration?
  • Is understanding human psychology essential for college students?
  • Is it ethical to perform scientific experiments on animals?
  • Should scientists access genetic testing to predict future health problems?
  • Should companies be allowed to cause more environmental damage because they make good products that benefit society?
  • Should researchers conduct early clinical trials on humans rather than animals?
  • Do you think humans are similar to animals?
  • How likely are robots going to overrun the human population?
  • Should genetically modified organisms be released into the wild?
View more: Science Research Paper Topics

Persuasive Essays for Topics on Education

Education is one of the most important aspects of a person's life, as it provides individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in their future careers and personal lives. Moreover, it is constantly evolving and adapting to meet new challenges. As such, there are many contentious and thought-provoking topics to write persuasive essays on in this field.  See if these 10 persuasive essay titles related to education inspire you:

  • Should online education replace traditional classroom learning?
  • Should schools offer courses in mental health and wellness?
  • How much should parents get involved in their children’s learning process?
  • Should schools provide more opportunities for students to study abroad?
  • Should schools provide more support and resources for students with learning differences?
  • Should teachers communicate with their students through social media?
  • Is college education necessary for a successful career?
  • Are exams the right approach to determine if students are actually learning and understanding course concepts?
  • Is detention necessary curbing indiscipline among students?
  • Should students take vocational lessons before graduating?
Read more: Education Research Topics

Political Persuasive Essay Topics

People have varying political opinions. Choosing topics to write a persuasive essay on means you have no problem conducting in-depth research to understand other perspectives. Take a look at these 10 titles for persuasive essays, but remember you can receive backlash from those on the opposing side: 

  • Should the United States have a two-party or a multi-party political system?
  • Should protestors block off roads and cause traffic? Are their actions a concern for public safety?
  • Should same-sex marriages be legalized?
  • Should we continue protecting religious liberties?
  • Should local governments do more to fight global warming ? If yes, how so?
  • How can the threat of terrorism be mitigated?
  • How should countries encourage female participation in politics?
  • Can the issue of immigration be solved?
  • Should the government regulate political advertising and propaganda?
  • Should money spent on political campaigns be limited?

>> View more: Political Science Topics

Topics for a Persuasive Essay on Technology

The evolution of technology is remarkable, bringing forth developments that would have been impossible if it remained only a theory. In fact, it has changed how we learn, communicate, interact, and access information. When it comes to writing about technology, you can never miss things to write persuasive essays on, especially if you have a huge interest in the field. Here, we outline 10 ideas for persuasive essays you can explore:   

  • Is technology improving or hindering our ability to communicate effectively?
  • Are we becoming too dependent on technology?
  • Should internet access be considered a basic human right?
  • Is technology making us less social and isolated?
  • Does technology contribute to the growing inequality in the world?
  • Are wearable technologies like smartwatches and fitness trackers improving our health?
  • Do action video games, such as Call of Duty and PUBG, increase juvenile violence?
  • Should children under a certain age be banned from using social media and other technology devices?
  • Which is better, Android or iOS?
  • Do you think car manufacturers can design automotive vehicles with similar capabilities as the Transformers?

>> More ideas: Technological Research Topics

Military Persuasive Essay Topic Ideas

War is part of our history, and understanding the role military personnel play is essential in building a better society. From this, persuasive paper topics on their activities and warfare have become common in college-level studies. Here, we will take a look at 10 of the most popular topics for persuasive essays you may encounter: 

  • Should the military budget be increased or decreased?
  • How can the country help war veterans as they integrate into society?
  • Should military personnel protest and express their political views?
  • Should women be assigned to combat positions in the army?
  • Should the military use more advanced technology, such as drones and robots, in warfare?
  • Should the United States provide military aid to other countries?
  • Can the military be called upon in response to humanitarian crises and disasters?
  • Do you think that a large military base is a show of strength and power?
  • Due to their service to the nation, should the army be exempted from paying taxes?
  • Should the military be more transparent about its operations and decision-making processes?

Persuasive Essay Topics About Health

We all worry about the state of our public health system. There are so many persuasive essay topics to choose from in this field. For example, how do we deal with increasing mortality rates? Can an HIV/AIDS vaccine work? You can try these 10 other health persuasive essay topics and gain insight into today’s societal challenges: 

  • Should schools screen students for depression?
  • Is it advisable for companies to drug test their employees anytime?
  • Substance abuse is at an all-high following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic . What should be done to combat this?
  • Only one state mandates all restaurants to display nutritional content on their menu. Do you think this should be applicable for all other states?
  • Can the Affordable Care Act be replaced? If yes, what improvements do you want included in the new one?
  • Should unhealthy foods be taxed to discourage consumption?
  • Should people understand their family medical history?
  • Should health insurance providers give out financial incentives to encourage their clients to adopt healthy lifestyles?
  • Should mental health be treated with the same priority as physical health?
  • Should citizens access healthcare regardless of their ability to pay?

>> Read more: Mental Health Topics to Write About

Persuasive Essay Ideas by Theme

One way of grouping your work is by themes, meaning organizing similar topics to create a coherent essay. This way, it will be easy to find things to write a persuasive essay about. In the following list, choose persuasive questions you are passionate about and understand well. Focusing on one area will help you build strong arguments and convince the reader to agree with your point.    

Persuasive Essay Topics About Sports

Sports have always been a favorite pastime for many people, and it's not surprising that they are popular among students. Writing persuasive essay topics on sports allows you to explore diverse opinions surrounding various issues in this field. From the use of performance-enhancing drugs to its impact on society and education, there is no shortage of ideas to choose from. Whether you are a fan or simply interested in exploring the different arguments and perspectives, selecting this theme can be a fascinating and rewarding challenge. Have a look at these 10 sports persuasive essay topics for your next paper: 

  • Is it important for children to participate in sports?
  • Does participating in sports have a positive impact on academic performance?
  • Should sport events be held in venues with retractable roofs or open-air stadiums?
  • Should athletes be held responsible for their actions off the field or court?
  • Are violent sports harmful to participants and should they be banned?
  • Is it fair for athletes to receive such high salaries?
  • Should sports teams provide equal pay for men and women?
  • Should athletes caught doping receive a life ban on future sports participation?
  • Should betting on sport be legal?
  • Should sport events be more environmentally friendly?

Persuasive Essay Topics About Animals

Animals are an important part of our world, and they play a vital role in our ecosystem. They create emotional connection in people and inspire us to take action and protect their rights and habitats. A persuasive paper idea on the ethics of zoos and circuses, wildlife conservation, or animal testing can be a good starting point for your essay. You can also look at these 10 other animal persuasive essay topics below if they interest you: 

  • Should hunting animals be illegal?
  • Is animal-assisted therapy ethical?
  • Is it ethical to use animals for entertainment, such as circuses and rodeos?
  • Are animal rights activism and advocacy effective?
  • Is it right to keep wild animals as pets?
  • Should there be limits on the amount of sea creatures that can be caught for commercial purposes?
  • Is it necessary to have animal welfare laws that protect domesticated animals?
  • Should domestic animals, such as cats and dogs, be spayed and neutered to reduce overpopulation?
  • Should animals be given the same legal rights as humans?
  • Is it ethical to use animals for food production?

Entertainment Persuasive Writing Ideas

Entertainment is a constantly evolving industry that captivates and engages people from all walks of life. From movies and music to video games and television, there are countless forms of entertainment that shape our culture and influence our beliefs and values. Your persuasive paragraph topics can range from the impact of technology on the entertainment industry or representation of marginalized groups in media to the role of entertainment in shaping societal norms. In your writing, you can use any of these 10 persuasive paper ideas for your entertainment-themed essay:

  • What is the best music to listen to when in a bad mood?
  • Should people download copyrighted music and movies for free?
  • Is it important for society to access free public entertainment options, such as parks and museums?
  • Should streaming services pay the same amount as traditional TV networks for the rights to air content?
  • Are there benefits or drawbacks to binge-watching TV shows, and what impact does it have on our viewing habits?
  • Is it ethical for celebrities to use their influence to endorse products?
  • Is there a moral obligation to consider the ethics of reality TV shows and their impact on participants and audiences?
  • Is it important for TV networks to have diversity in the content they air?
  • Should individuals livestream their personal lives 24/7?
  • Should TV networks air a certain amount of educational content daily?

Persuasive Essay Topics on Food

Food is a basic life necessity that can bring people together and shape our cultural identity. From the rise of veganism to the impact of fast food on our health, you can find many persuasive paper ideas on this theme that inspire lively debates.  If you are looking for more ideas on food, check out the following persuasive research topics:

  • Should there be restrictions on the use of artificial sweeteners in food production?
  • Is it necessary for individuals to reduce their meat consumption for the sake of the environment?
  • Is the global food system sustainable, and what changes must be made to ensure long-term food security?
  • Should fast food restaurants list the calorie count of their menu items?
  • Should there be restrictions on the sale of junk food to children?
  • Should the use of antibiotics in food production be limited?
  • Is it important for individuals to eat locally sourced food?
  • Should the use of growth hormones in food production be banned?
  • Should fast food restaurants be held responsible for promoting unhealthy food choices?
  • Should supermarkets donate unused foods to the homeless?

Persuasive Essay Topics on Depression

When looking for a persuasive essay title on depression, you have to be mindful since this is a sensitive theme. To get started, you can pick a topic for a persuasive essay from the list below: 

  • Should employers provide mental health benefits for employees?
  • Is therapy the most effective treatment for depression? If not, what are the alternatives?
  • Is it important for society to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and depression?
  • Should medication be the first line of treatment for depression?
  • Is it possible for someone with depression to live a happy and fulfilling life?
  • Should mental health screening be mandatory for all?
  • Is it important for society to educate individuals about depression and mental health?
  • Should people take antidepressants without a prescription?
  • Should the government invest more in mental health research and treatment?
  • Is it necessary for people to talk about their depression in order to overcome it?

Persuasive Essay Topics About Music

Music is a universal language that can tell a story, link people together, and create emotional connection. From classical to rock, from hip-hop to jazz, there are countless genres of music that have shaped our culture and continue to inspire new generations. Many topics for persuasive papers can be engaging and allow you to express your opinion on different musical perspectives.  When choosing what to write, you can talk about the impact of technology on music, its role in society, or you can settle on one of these 10 persuasive research essay topics below:

  • Is music education necessary in schools?
  • Is classical music more culturally significant than popular music?
  • Does music have a healing power?
  • Should music with explicit lyrics be censored? Does this impact free speech and artistic expression?
  • Are music competitions fair and beneficial for musicians?
  • Are music videos an important aspect of music or are they distracting and unnecessary?
  • What is the impact of the music industry on the economy?
  • Is it important for musicians to have a concrete message in their music?
  • Can music be used to spread hate and violence?
  • Should people be allowed to play music in public spaces without permission?

Persuasive Essay Ideas About Love & Friendship

Love and friendship are common themes for persuasive essays and letters as they can elicit strong emotions and opinions from people. When searching for ideas for a persuasive essay, you may argue for or against romantic love or about the benefits and drawbacks of different types of friendships. Whether you are composing a love or friendship essay , the following 10 topics for persuasive writing will give you an opportunity to express your own views and engage others in a meaningful dialogue:

  • Is love more important than friendship in a romantic relationship?
  • Is true love a matter of fate or choice?
  • Can money buy happiness in a relationship?
  • Is it better to be in a relationship or single?
  • Can friendships last for a lifetime?
  • Is honesty the best policy in a relationship?
  • Is it advisable to be long-term friends before dating?
  • Is it better to have a few close friends or many casual friends?
  • Is physical attraction important in a relationship?
  • Can you be friends with an ex-partner?

Keep in mind that we have different lists of topics for your essay writing. Find them in our blogs, be those analytical essay topics or position paper topics . 

Bottom Line on Persuasive Essay Topics

Good ideas for persuasive essays can be challenging to formulate, but in this guide, we have provided over 300 engaging and exciting persuasive article topics on different subjects and themes to help you with this task. Remember that your choice should be influenced by interest, availability of evidence, and the ability to present concrete arguments. Once you pick a topic, follow these tips as you begin writing:

  • Avoid unusual persuasive essay topics that are far too complicated and can provoke your readers.
  • Research your topic and make sure you can present the opposing sides of the argument.
  • Understand your audience. This will help choose a subject they can relate or engage in.
  • Go for controversy. People like reading about issues that elicit strong opinions or emotions.

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187 Impressive Higher English Persuasive Essay Topics [2024]

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Persuasive essay writing is a popular assignment for students in high school and college alike. This is not surprising. After all, it is a basic of the learning process. However, finding ideas for such a task isn’t easy, especially if you’re looking for higher persuasive essay topics.

One of the subjects that requires you to write such a paper is higher English. To pass this class, you have to deal with and compose quite tricky texts. Thus, if you are studying this subject, you will have to be ready to face many writing challenges.

This is why our team has created a list of the most fruitful ideas for academic writing. For your convenience, we divided the higher English persuasive essay topics into several sections. So, navigate our page, look through all the examples, and make your search even more effective.

❓ What Is Higher English?

  • 💭 How to Choose?
  • 📎 For High School
  • ✒️ For College
  • 📖 Literature
  • 🙊 Controversial Issues
  • 🏫 Education
  • 🗳️ Politics
  • 💭 Philosophy

📃 References

If you’ve studied in any country other than the UK, you may be wondering what higher English is. Is it a course? Is it a level? Well, in this section, we dive into the definition of the phrase.

Higher English is a course typical for the UK, particularly for England and Scotland. It investigates the English language and literature on a deep level.

It can be taught both:

  • as an independent subject
  • alongside other higher science programs

Through the course of higher English, students learn to think critically and creatively.

Developing a portfolio is one of the requirements for completing an advanced higher English course. It takes 30% of the overall grade. Thus, folio plays a vital role in accomplishing the course. For a successful portfolio, students have to write two texts, no less than 1300 words each. Composing them, they have to use creative and discursive writing techniques.

Generally, higher English is focused on advancing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. By the end of the course, students should be able to do the following:

  • use complex language;
  • apply literature knowledge in everyday life;
  • understand the core of language operation.

Students are required to write an impressive number of persuasive essays. Here is where they may face difficulties with the appropriate topic selection.

We will not let you worry about that.

You can find a list of useful higher English persuasive topics created by our team on our page. Take a look at it and choose the most exciting idea for your essay!

Before selecting a topic for a higher English essay, reread your assignment if you have one.

💭 How to Choose a Persuasive Topic for Higher Folio?

A higher folio has to include a persuasive essay in it. Therefore, first, let’s figure out what it is.

A persuasive essay is one of the types of discursive essays. Its distinctive feature is the presence of a particular situation. Discuss a problem or issue is essential to its purpose.

Now, let’s narrow down the focus:

What is the nature of persuasive writing? It is a writing technique that aims to convince readers to accept the author’s point of view. Moreover, it often includes a call to action. It motivates the audience to take specific steps to achieve the desired result.

Be careful there! Learn how to distinguish an argumentative essay from a persuasive one.

An argumentative essay is often based on a consistent explanation and logical reasoning. It shows the readers the writer’s point of view, yet doesn’t call them for any action. In contrast, a persuasive essay relies on emotions and expressions of personal opinions. A perfect way to see those differences would be by going to an essay examples database that certainly would contain a variety of paper types.

Persuasive essays attempt to make readers follow the author’s idea.

Now, let’s move to the issue of an effective selection of a persuasive topic for higher English. Our team prepared some useful tips for you. Don’t hesitate to use them.

  • Keep your goal in mind. The persuasive essay aims to present all the arguments that can convince the reader that the writer is right. So, choosing a topic, pick the one that you can elaborate on and persuade in.
  • Choose the essay idea wisely. Ensure that the topic is appropriate and relevant for the tutor who will check and grade your paper. You’re writing for them.
  • Make sure to have enough resources. Evaluate whether there is enough information on the topic so that you can write a compelling essay. Check the possible trustworthy sources for the evidence that you’ll use in the paper.
  • Show your best side. Consider whether you can demonstrate your skills, composing on the chosen idea. Remember that you’re writing an essay for your portfolio. You may want it to look as perfect as possible and highlight your strengths. That is to say, see if you can elaborate on the topic.
  • Compose a strong introductory paragraph. An introduction is crucial because it grabs the reader’s attention and presents a thesis. Think of a strong thesis statement and whether you can come up with one. If you cannot compose a powerful thesis statement, better choose a more successful topic.
  • Don’t choose an overused topic. Determine the originality of your idea and your willingness to write about it. Try to google persuasive essay examples and figure out what topics are the most common and widely used. Based on your observations, come up with a unique issue and surprise your readers with it.

Find and consider as many persuasive topics as you can to form one unique idea.

⭐ Top 12 Higher Persuasive Essay Topics

  • Unions are important.
  • Zoos are unacceptable.
  • Paper books are obsolete.
  • Graffiti is art.
  • We will live on Mars.
  • English is universal .
  • Plastic bags are useful.
  • Cloning is unethical.
  • Student uniform is obsolete.
  • UK schools are better.
  • Most effective propaganda techniques.
  • Internships should be paid.

☝️ Amazing Higher English Persuasive Essay Topics

Just like any other assignment, an essay may be of different degrees of complexity. This is how we divided our higher English persuasive essay ideas into several sections.

So don’t waste your time. Go to the corresponding section and select the most appropriate topic.

📎 Higher English Topics for High School

A subject of higher English may seem very unfamiliar and bizarre at school. Being unprepared for the complexity of the course can scare you. Pupils get extremely confused when it comes to the topic search.

You are lucky:

We prepared a list of exceptional topics for middle school and high school students. Feel free to use it. Be prepared to face any challenges of the higher English course!

  • The significance of literacy .
  • Football has a direct impact on the culture of England.
  • Foreign languages should be taught in every school.

Foreign language programs improve students’ academic performance.

  • Both abstinence and safe sex should be taught in high schools.
  • School uniforms should be mandatory to maintain discipline.
  • People should quit smoking .
  • Eating disorders among teenage girls is an issue that shouldn’t be underestimated.
  • Motivation theories are incredibly effective in education .
  • Self-esteem plays a crucial role in students’ health condition .
  • Alcohol negatively affects adolescent health , so their parents should monitor alcohol consumption by teens.
  • Children and teenagers should not be silent about domestic violence .
  • The government should ban sports betting.
  • We should drink enough water.
  • The minimization of a generation gap is crucial for a healthy relationship in a family.
  • Drug tests should be mandatory for high school sportspeople.
  • A gap year is a great idea . Convince your readers about the usefulness of taking a gap year after finishing school. Prove the rightness of your position by providing strong arguments. In case you don’t agree with the statement, provide well-developed counterarguments.
  • Alcohol consumption in the UK. The government of the UK should introduce measures to limit alcohol consumption. We have to avoid possible adverse ramifications. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Prove your point of view by providing strong arguments.
  • Studying in the United Kingdom is a great experience. What are the positive sides of gaining an education in the UK? Convince your readers to study the UK.
  • A grade does not reflect students’ knowledge. Give your readers a clear explanation of why grades do not demonstrate a student’s performance in the class. Persuade them to pay more attention to education. You might believe that grades reflect a student’s academic performance. Then, support your position by providing counterarguments.
  • Violent video games should be banned . What are the possible negative consequences caused by video games? Prove your audience the necessity to ban violent video games.

The influence of video games on children is inconclusive.

✒️ Higher English Topics for College

The majority of UK colleges require their students to take the course of higher English. Therefore, you need to be ready. Difficulties caused by this subject should not be your worry.

Since we care about college students, we gathered persuasive essay ideas in one place. So, if you are seeking help, you are on the right page! Scroll through our topics and chose the most appropriate for you.

  • Cheating during college exams should be strictly punished because it is demoralizing.
  • The benefits of active listening are crucial in demonstrating high performance in the workplace.
  • Students’ time management strategies should be taken into consideration by every student.
  • Sleep is essential because deprivation affects college students’ academic performance.
  • Should fast food qualify as ‘food’?
  • A healthy lifestyle and eating should become the norm for every person.
  • Alternative energy sources are crucial for saving the planet.
  • A family should promote mobility, not limit it.
  • We have to implement specific strategies to combat the sexist language.
  • Communication skills are essential in a successful business leading.
  • Teaching deaf children how to read is a vital part of deaf kids’ mental development.
  • Parents should control the impact of TV cartoons on their children’s behavior .
  • Community services for mentally disabled people should be highly-developed.
  • Recycling should become mandatory.
  • Businesses should invest money in innovations.
  • Genetically modified food should not be a threat to the population. Give a clear explanation of why GMO products are safe to consume. If you disagree with the statement, provide strong counterarguments to prove your position.
  • Should smoking be banned in public places? Decide on whether it should be prohibited on not and prove your position. Your arguments should support only one side of the issue. Don’t stay somewhere in the middle.
  • We should expand the legal age for getting a driving license in the UK . Explain why 17 years old adolescents are not mature enough to drive a car. If you don’t agree with the statement, provide counterarguments to prove the rightness of your point of view.
  • E-books should not replace paper books. Express your position regarding this statement. Provide clear arguments or counterarguments to prove your point of view.

Consider every side of the debate concerning paper books and E-books.

  • English language learning should be mandatory in every country. The main idea of the essay: English is a global language. Support this statement and persuade the readers about the significance of English knowledge in the modern world.

💪 Persuasive Essay Topics: Advanced Higher English

If you are a university student in Scotland, you will be familiar with higher English. You may have to be ready for an advanced one as well.

Choose the most appropriate idea among a wide variety of persuasive essay topics about Scotland. Although the task is quite challenging, you don’t need to worry. Consider our list of cool essay topics. With it, you will write an outstanding paper without any struggles.

  • Gender equity issues in work practices should be considered while creating a healthy working environment.
  • The application of social concepts and theories is a part of the general well-being.
  • Functionalism, conflict, and interactionism are the most significant aspects of sociological theories .
  • Data collect regarding customer should be considered as a future of e-commerce.
  • Scotland’s tourism products and destination identity develop the tourism market economy.
  • Organizational behavior issues and theories are vital in leading a successful business.
  • ICT impacts curriculum development and reforms in the United Kingdom to a great extent.
  • Public sector financial management plays a crucial role in the general well-being of the country.
  • Scottish routes company establishment is a turning point in the online marketing platform development.
  • The city authorities should prevent senior citizens’ abuse .
  • Women’s rights violations should not exist in modern society.
  • Freedom of speech, religion, and religious tolerance are the fundamental concepts of modern civilized society.
  • E-Commerce adoption results in wise business positioning. How will e-commerce help to increase the dynamics of any business? Convince your audience about the significance of e-commerce by providing strong arguments.
  • Human rights play a vital role in public opinion-making. Support this idea with well-developed arguments and examples. If you disagree with the statement, provide compelling counterarguments to prove the rightness of your opinion.
  • Globalization ruins the cultural heritage of the nations . Comment on the impact of the world globalization on the national identity of every country. Persuade the readers to preserve the national culture of their home countries.

👍 Good Persuasive Essay Topics for Higher English

Our team’s main aim is to help the students in all the possible ways. So, we decided to develop one more method to divide the academic essay topics.

Find different sections that focus on specific fields for your persuasive essay.

Look through the sections, decide what is the most suitable for you, and choose a fascinating essay topic. An essay idea search has never been so easy, right?

💬 Persuasive Essay Topics on Language

Language is one of the most potent tools for communication within one nation and internationally. Moreover, it carries the cultural identity of the country, preserving a spirit.

The topic of language is too diverse and has a lot of aspects to discuss. Consequently, professors of higher English course usually give essays on it.

The section Topics For Persuasive Essay UK will provide you with a wide variety of ideas. Don’t waste your time! Choose an appropriate topic for your paper right away.

  • Language influences our attitude to a great extent.
  • Sexism is present in the English Language.
  • Language and communication are two different concepts .
  • Language has a direct influence on cognition.
  • Shakespeare affected the modern English language to a great extent.
  • To understand how language operates, we should first examine English Language Evolution .
  • Multilingualism should be accepted and encouraged in modern society.
  • Accents and dialects are the critical components of language intervention.
  • The teachers should learn linguistics.
  • The change in languages over time is harmful to the nation.
  • Scottish Gaelic and Goidelic Celtic languages should not have been restricted in the 16th century.
  • Text autocorrect negatively influences the level of literacy and language knowledge.
  • We should consider Scots Gaelic as a separate language from Irish.
  • English should become an official international language.
  • Body language can say more than verbal communication.
  • Joking or expressing love in a foreign language is harder than in a native one . Either support or contradict this statement by providing appropriate examples and clear arguments.
  • The implementation of one universal language is a bad idea . Why and how it can impact the national diversity of the world? Prove the importance of preserving national languages.
  • The Scottish language will soon disappear. Conduct research on the usage of Scottish nowadays. Is it very wide-spread? How many people know and use it in everyday life?

Try to predict the future of the Scottish language.

  • “As many languages you know, as many times you are a human being.” – Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. Develop this thought by providing strong arguments and examples. Persuade your readers about the importance of foreign language learning.
  • Irish language learning should become mandatory in the educational institutions of Ireland . Explain the significance of the Irish language for the population of Ireland. In case you don’t agree with the statement, provide clear counterarguments to prove your position.

🙊 Persuasive Essay Topics on Controversial Issues

  • Is attention deficit disorder a real disorder?
  • To deal with girls’ discrimination in the modern educational system , girls need to receive more attention than boys.
  • Should cigarette smoking be banned?
  • LGBTQ+ communities should have equal rights all over the world.
  • Adoption, childlessness, or reproductive technology – which one is the most effective and ethical?
  • Abortion should be legalized for underaged girls.
  • Should smoking tobacco be classified as an illegal drug?
  • Are surrogacy and its effects on families harmful for children?
  • Should student diversity be present in a school classroom?
  • Tuition fees should become lower.
  • Should homelessness become a concern of city authorities or governmental representatives?
  • Should the death penalty be legalized in the United Kingdom?
  • Should sex education become mandatory in all high schools in Scotland?
  • The mental health of employees should be a concern of employers.
  • Health care should be free.
  • Should women develop a career and have a stable income before giving birth to kids?
  • Should the production and selling of energy drinks be banned? Explain the harm of energetics on the health of a human being. Decide whether energy drinks are worth consuming. Persuade the readers about the rightness of your position by presenting strong arguments.

Energy drinks can promote adverse effects on children and teenagers.

  • Suicides among male teen homosexuals: harassment, shame, or stigma? In your opinion, what is the main reason for suicides among them? Support your position with clear evidence and appropriate examples.
  • Does studying abroad result in better education? Analyze the positive and negative aspects of gaining higher education abroad. Express your own opinion regarding this issue and convince your readers about your rightness.
  • Should birth control be monitored on a governmental level? Why is birth control crucial in modern society? What are the religious, cultural, and political aspects of birth control? Explain the link between birth control and gender and sexuality issues. Support your opinion by providing well-structured arguments.

🏫 Persuasive Essay Topics on Education

  • The college students should be ready to face challenges and pressures.
  • There is a strong correlation between wearing a school uniform and academic performance .
  • Sex education plays an essential role in preventing teenage pregnancy.
  • Student diversity in school classroom influences the educational process in a positive way.
  • The curriculum approaches in England and Scotland differ to a great extent.
  • At university, acquiring skills is more significant than getting grades.
  • Cheating on college exams is demoralizing.
  • Could electronic cigarettes help university students give smoking up?
  • Athletes that represent educational institutions should receive scholarships covering their tuition fees.
  • In schools, we should teach colorblind children what colors are.
  • Art oriented activities like drama clubs, music lessons, and handicraft classes are essential for the all-round development of children.
  • A university should be a dry campus. Comment on the negative influence of alcohol on the learning process. Persuade your readers about the importance of controlling alcohol consumption while being a student.
  • Single-sex schooling in education is effective. Convince the readers about the effectiveness of single-sex education by providing strong evidence. If you don’t agree with the statement, express the opposing position. Elaborate on your arguments and provide counterarguments.

Resultsof the studies on single-sex education are inconclusive.

  • Online education cannot fully replace the regular one . Compare and contrast these two ways of gaining knowledge. Provide clear arguments to prove the significance of attending educational institutions. Explain why having in-class discussions is crucial for students’ development. Do you believe that regular education is replaceable by the remote one? Then provide counterarguments to support your position.
  • The internet has a negative influence on the educational process . How the internet stops the mental development of kids, teenagers, and grown-ups? Persuade readers to limit internet usage while studying.

🗳️ Persuasive Essay Topics on Politics

  • To prevent the adverse effects of corruption, we should eliminate its causes.
  • The political parties of the United Kingdom are way more reliable than in the United States .
  • Human rights should not intervene in public opinion-making.
  • Politics and religion interdependence impacts the general political situation of a country.
  • Political freedom is a significant key to the general well- being of modern society.
  • Terrorism should not be used as a political instrument.
  • Civil disobedience in contemporary society is a massive threat to civilians and governments.
  • International humanitarian law is a useful tool to reduce the hazardous effects of military conflicts.
  • The royal family is the indicator of the UK political system’s uniqueness.
  • We should protect the confidentiality in the health care system.
  • The voting system should be fair and transparent.
  • The COVID-19 outbreak of 2019-2020 has a direct influence on international political relations.
  • Scotland would not be a stronger country if it existed independently from the UK. What are the benefits for Scotland of being in a political union with the United Kingdom? Persuade your readers in a mutually beneficial economic and political cooperation.
  • Brexit happened against Scotland’s will. Elaborate on the wish of the Scottish population to remain the part of the European Union. Prove that the negotiation of the conflict between England, Wales, and Scotland was not diplomatic enough.
  • The retirement policy of the UK should be changed. What are the main weaknesses of the current British retirement system? Give your suggestions on how it can be improved. Convince your readers in the usefulness of the retirement policy modifications.

💭 Persuasive Essay Topics on Philosophy

  • Dystopia idea in movies and novels influences people’s perception of life in a negative way.
  • Philosophy ideology of success and failure plays a vital role in reaching high results.
  • Suicide conflicts with moral philosophy and human values.
  • Classic philosophical problems embodied in films can help people in dealing with them.
  • We cannot ignore the philosophy of critical issues in today’s society .
  • Spiritual and physical journeys play a vital role in human life.
  • The philosophy of religion helps people to dive deep into their beliefs and values.

Philosophy of religion is the examination of the themes and concepts involved in religious traditions.

  • Unethical treatment of animals contradicts the moral concepts of philosophy.
  • From the philosophical perspective, heroism should be considered as a dedication to principles.
  • Specific philosophical values help develop resilience in the face of adversity.
  • Should human rights be violated if it may help the life of a person?
  • Abortion should be band because it contradicts the ethical ideas of humanity.
  • In the battle well-paid job vs. vocation, vocation should win . Explain the philosophy of vocation. Persuade the readers to follow their hearts when it comes to a choice of profession.
  • Philosophy Issue: Truth vs. Happiness. While choosing between these two notions, what would you select? Persuade your audience about the rightness of your position by presenting well-structured and clear arguments.
  • Philosophy plays a significant role in education . Convince your readers about the importance of philosophy while gaining knowledge. In case you don’t agree with the position of philosophy in school, present the opposing opinion. Provide counterarguments to support your ideas.

🗿 Persuasive Essay Topics on History

  • The black death disease should be perceived as one of the most horrible pandemics that hit the medieval world.
  • Industrial Revolution in England opened a new era of technical advancement.
  • The conditions of the working class in England is one of the causes of the industrial revolution.
  • Great Britain Empire’ Alliances led to the break out of the European Great War.
  • Enlightenment and Romantic Age pushed the development of the British culture forward.
  • History of Celtic Christianity has a direct impact on the development of religion in the UK.
  • The provisional Irish republican army is one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations.
  • The British ideal of an orderly world shaped the world we live in today.
  • English Civil War has a direct impact on American colonists.
  • The Wars of the Three Kingdoms formed the history of modern England, Scotland, and Ireland.

The Wars of the Three Kingdoms lasted 12 years.

  • Elizabeth II -is the legend of contemporary world history . Provide a brief overview of the queen’s achievements. Convince the readers about the uniqueness of Elizabeth’s II as a historical figure.
  • The Great Fire of London is one of the darkest events in British history. Comment on the terrific outcomes of the tragedy. How did the fire impact the economic situation in the entire county?
  • Oxford University is the place where ordinary people turn into upstanding figures . Introduce three of the most influential alumnae of Oxford University. What was their input in the scientific development of the UK? Prove the crucial role of Oxford University in the British educational system.
  • William Wallace is a person who successfully fought for Scottish independence . Elaborate on his role in British history and prove the importance of his actions.
  • History, culture, and language of Wales directly influenced the development of the United Kingdom. Give a brief overview of Wales formation starting from the ancient times and mowing to the 21st century. Prove the connection between Wales and the UK historical and cultural progress.

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Persuasive Essay Topics: Should we allow little kids to play competitive sports?

Persuasive writing is one of those skills that can help students succeed in real life.  Persuasive essays are similar to argumentative , but they rely less on facts and more on emotion to sway the reader. It’s important to know your audience so you can anticipate any counterarguments they might make and try to overcome them. Try reading some mentor texts to show kids great examples of opinion writing. Then use these persuasive essay topics for practice.

School and Education Persuasive Essay Topics

Life and ethics persuasive essay topics, science and technology persuasive essay topics, sports and entertainment persuasive essay topics, just for fun persuasive essay topics.

  

  • Do you think homework should be required, optional, or not given at all?

Persuasive Essay Topics: Do you think homework should be required, optional, or not given at all?

  • Students should/should not be able to use their phones during the school day.
  • Should schools have dress codes?
  • If I could change one school rule, it would be …
  • Is year-round school a good idea?
  • Should we stop giving final exams?
  • Is it better to be good at academics or good at sports?

Is it better to be good at academics or good at sports?

  • Which is better, private schools or public schools?
  • Should every student have to participate in athletics?
  • Do you think schools should ban junk food from their cafeterias?
  • Should students be required to volunteer in their communities?
  • What is the most important school subject?
  • Are letter grades helpful, or should we replace them with something else?

Persuasive Essay Topics: Are letter grades helpful, or should we replace them with something else?

  • Is it ever OK to cheat on homework or a test?
  • Should students get to grade their teachers?
  • Do you think college should be free for anyone who wants to attend?
  • Should schools be allowed to ban some books from their libraries?
  • Which is better, book smarts or street smarts?

Which is better, book smarts or street smarts?

  • Should all students have to learn a foreign language?
  • Are single-gender schools better or worse for students?
  • Is it OK to eat animals?
  • What animal makes the best pet?
  • Visit an animal shelter, choose an animal that needs a home, and write an essay persuading someone to adopt that animal.
  • If you find money on the ground, should you try to find the person who lost it, or is it yours to keep?

If you find money on the ground, should you try to find the person who lost it, or is it yours to keep?

  • Who faces more peer pressure, girls or boys?
  • Should all Americans be required to vote?
  • Is it better to be kind or truthful?
  • Which is better, giving or receiving?
  • Is it OK to keep animals in zoos?
  • Should we change the minimum driving age in the United States?

Should we change the minimum driving age in the United States?

  • Which is more important, happiness or success?
  • Is democracy the best form of government?
  • Is social media helpful or harmful?
  • Should parents be punished for their children’s mistakes or crimes?
  • Should kids have set bedtimes or just go to bed when they’re sleepy?
  • Do you think the government should find a way to provide free health care for everyone?

Do you think the government should find a way to provide free health care for everyone?

  • Is it better to save your allowance or spend it?
  • Should we ban plastic bags and bottles?
  • Which is better, living in the city or in the country?
  • If I could make a new law, it would be …
  • Is Pluto a planet?
  • Should human cloning be legal?
  • Should vaccines be mandatory?
  • Is it right for countries to still maintain nuclear weapon arsenals?

Is it right for countries to still maintain nuclear weapon arsenals?

  • Should testing on animals be made illegal?
  • Will expanded use of artificial intelligence be good for humanity?
  • Should all people have free Internet access in their homes?
  • Is there intelligent life on other planets?
  • Does technology create more jobs than it eliminates?
  • Should parents use their children’s cell phones to track where they are?
  • Should scientists try to develop a way for people to live forever?

Should scientists try to develop a way for people to live forever?

  • What’s the best type of smartphone: Android or iPhone?
  • Which is better, Macs or PCs?
  • Do people rely too much on technology in the modern world?
  • Should cryptocurrencies replace cash?
  • Should there be a minimum age requirement to own a smartphone?
  • Is it important to keep spending money on space exploration, or should we use the money for other things?

Is it important to keep spending money on space exploration, or should we use the money for other things?

  • Should kids under 13 be allowed to use social media sites?
  • Should we ban cigarette smoking and vaping entirely?
  • Is it better to be an animal that lives in the water or on land?
  • Should kids be allowed to watch TV on school nights?
  • Which is better, paper books or e-books?
  • Is the current movie rating system (G, PG, PG-13, etc.) effective?
  • Are video games better than board games?
  • Should we allow little kids to play competitive sports?

Should we allow little kids to play competitive sports?

  • Which is better, reading books or watching TV?
  • Does playing violent video games make people more violent in real life?
  • Are graphic novels just as valuable as traditional fictional books?
  • Should everyone play on the same sports teams, regardless of gender?
  • Choose a book that’s been made into a movie. Which was better, the movie or the book?

Choose a book that's been made into a movie. Which was better, the movie or the book?

  • Who is the world’s best athlete, present or past?
  • Are professional athletes/musicians/actors overpaid?
  • Which is better, fiction or nonfiction?
  • The best music genre is …
  • What is one book that everyone should read?
  • What new sport should be added to the Olympics?

What new sport should be added to the Olympics?

  • What’s the best video game system?
  • Does playing video games make you smarter?
  • Does reality TV actually depict real life?
  • Should all neighborhoods have free parks and playgrounds?
  • What’s the best holiday?
  • The very best food of all time is …
  • Which is better, artificial Christmas trees or real ones?

Which is better, artificial Christmas trees or real ones?

  • What’s the best season of the year?
  • Should you put ketchup on a hot dog?
  • Is a taco a sandwich?
  • Does fruit count as dessert?
  • Should people have to go to school or work on their birthday?
  • Are clowns scary or funny?
  • Which is more dangerous, werewolves or vampires?

Which is more dangerous, werewolves or vampires?

  • The best pizza topping is …
  • What would be the best superpower to have?
  • Should everyone make their bed every day?
  • Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
  • Should you put pineapple on a pizza?
  • Should you eat macaroni and cheese with a spoon or a fork?

Should you eat macaroni and cheese with a spoon or a fork?

  • Describe the world’s best ice cream sundae.
  • Is Monday the worst day of the week?
  • Would you rather travel back in time or forward in time?
  • Is it better to be too hot or too cold?
  • Are there aliens living among us here on Earth?

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112 Persuasive Speech Topics That Are Actually Engaging

What’s covered:, how to pick an awesome persuasive speech topic, 112 engaging persuasive speech topics, tips for preparing your persuasive speech.

Writing a stellar persuasive speech requires a carefully crafted argument that will resonate with your audience to sway them to your side. This feat can be challenging to accomplish, but an engaging, thought-provoking speech topic is an excellent place to start.

When it comes time to select a topic for your persuasive speech, you may feel overwhelmed by all the options to choose from—or your brain may be drawing a completely blank slate. If you’re having trouble thinking of the perfect topic, don’t worry. We’re here to help!

In this post, we’re sharing how to choose the perfect persuasive speech topic and tips to prepare for your speech. Plus, you’ll find 112 persuasive speech topics that you can take directly from us or use as creative inspiration for your own ideas!

Choose Something You’re Passionate About

It’s much easier to write, research, and deliver a speech about a cause you care about. Even if it’s challenging to find a topic that completely sparks your interest, try to choose a topic that aligns with your passions.

However, keep in mind that not everyone has the same interests as you. Try to choose a general topic to grab the attention of the majority of your audience, but one that’s specific enough to keep them engaged.

For example, suppose you’re giving a persuasive speech about book censorship. In that case, it’s probably too niche to talk about why “To Kill a Mockingbird” shouldn’t be censored (even if it’s your favorite book), and it’s too broad to talk about media censorship in general.

Steer Clear of Cliches

Have you already heard a persuasive speech topic presented dozens of times? If so, it’s probably not an excellent choice for your speech—even if it’s an issue you’re incredibly passionate about.

Although polarizing topics like abortion and climate control are important to discuss, they aren’t great persuasive speech topics. Most people have already formed an opinion on these topics, which will either cause them to tune out or have a negative impression of your speech.

Instead, choose topics that are fresh, unique, and new. If your audience has never heard your idea presented before, they will be more open to your argument and engaged in your speech.

Have a Clear Side of Opposition

For a persuasive speech to be engaging, there must be a clear side of opposition. To help determine the arguability of your topic, ask yourself: “If I presented my viewpoint on this topic to a group of peers, would someone disagree with me?” If the answer is yes, then you’ve chosen a great topic!

Now that we’ve laid the groundwork for what it takes to choose a great persuasive speech topic, here are over one hundred options for you to choose from.

  • Should high school athletes get tested for steroids?
  • Should schools be required to have physical education courses?
  • Should sports grades in school depend on things like athletic ability?
  • What sport should be added to or removed from the Olympics?
  • Should college athletes be able to make money off of their merchandise?
  • Should sports teams be able to recruit young athletes without a college degree?
  • Should we consider video gamers as professional athletes?
  • Is cheerleading considered a sport?
  • Should parents allow their kids to play contact sports?
  • Should professional female athletes be paid the same as professional male athletes?
  • Should college be free at the undergraduate level?
  • Is the traditional college experience obsolete?
  • Should you choose a major based on your interests or your potential salary?
  • Should high school students have to meet a required number of service hours before graduating?
  • Should teachers earn more or less based on how their students perform on standardized tests?
  • Are private high schools more effective than public high schools?
  • Should there be a minimum number of attendance days required to graduate?
  • Are GPAs harmful or helpful?
  • Should schools be required to teach about standardized testing?
  • Should Greek Life be banned in the United States?
  • Should schools offer science classes explicitly about mental health?
  • Should students be able to bring their cell phones to school?
  • Should all public restrooms be all-gender?
  • Should undocumented immigrants have the same employment and education opportunities as citizens?
  • Should everyone be paid a living wage regardless of their employment status?
  • Should supremacist groups be able to hold public events?
  • Should guns be allowed in public places?
  • Should the national drinking age be lowered?
  • Should prisoners be allowed to vote?
  • Should the government raise or lower the retirement age?
  • Should the government be able to control the population?
  • Is the death penalty ethical?

Environment

  • Should stores charge customers for plastic bags?
  • Should breeding animals (dogs, cats, etc.) be illegal?
  • Is it okay to have exotic animals as pets?
  • Should people be fined for not recycling?
  • Should compost bins become mandatory for restaurants?
  • Should electric vehicles have their own transportation infrastructure?
  • Would heavier fining policies reduce corporations’ emissions?
  • Should hunting be encouraged or illegal?
  • Should reusable diapers replace disposable diapers?

Science & Technology

  • Is paper media more reliable than digital news sources?
  • Should automated/self-driving cars be legalized?
  • Should schools be required to provide laptops to all students?
  • Should software companies be able to have pre-downloaded programs and applications on devices?
  • Should drones be allowed in military warfare?
  • Should scientists invest more or less money into cancer research?
  • Should cloning be illegal?
  • Should societies colonize other planets?
  • Should there be legal oversight over the development of technology?

Social Media

  • Should there be an age limit on social media?
  • Should cyberbullying have the same repercussions as in-person bullying?
  • Are online relationships as valuable as in-person relationships?
  • Does “cancel culture” have a positive or negative impact on societies?
  • Are social media platforms reliable information or news sources?
  • Should social media be censored?
  • Does social media create an unrealistic standard of beauty?
  • Is regular social media usage damaging to real-life interactions?
  • Is social media distorting democracy?
  • How many branches of government should there be?
  • Who is the best/worst president of all time?
  • How long should judges serve in the U.S. Supreme Court?
  • Should a more significant portion of the U.S. budget be contributed towards education?
  • Should the government invest in rapid transcontinental transportation infrastructure?
  • Should airport screening be more or less stringent?
  • Should the electoral college be dismantled?
  • Should the U.S. have open borders?
  • Should the government spend more or less money on space exploration?
  • Should students sing Christmas carols, say the pledge of allegiance, or perform other tangentially religious activities?
  • Should nuns and priests become genderless roles?
  • Should schools and other public buildings have prayer rooms?
  • Should animal sacrifice be legal if it occurs in a religious context?
  • Should countries be allowed to impose a national religion on their citizens?
  • Should the church be separated from the state?
  • Does freedom of religion positively or negatively affect societies?

Parenting & Family

  • Is it better to have children at a younger or older age?
  • Is it better for children to go to daycare or stay home with their parents?
  • Does birth order affect personality?
  • Should parents or the school system teach their kids about sex?
  • Are family traditions important?
  • Should parents smoke or drink around young children?
  • Should “spanking” children be illegal?
  • Should parents use swear words in front of their children?
  • Should parents allow their children to play violent video games?

Entertainment

  • Should all actors be paid the same regardless of gender or ethnicity?
  • Should all award shows be based on popular vote?
  • Who should be responsible for paying taxes on prize money, the game show staff or the contestants?
  • Should movies and television shows have ethnicity and gender quotas?
  • Should newspapers and magazines move to a completely online format?
  • Should streaming services like Netflix and Hulu be free for students?
  • Is the movie rating system still effective?
  • Should celebrities have more privacy rights?

Arts & Humanities

  • Are libraries becoming obsolete?
  • Should all schools have mandatory art or music courses in their curriculum?
  • Should offensive language be censored from classic literary works?
  • Is it ethical for museums to keep indigenous artifacts?
  • Should digital designs be considered an art form? 
  • Should abstract art be considered an art form?
  • Is music therapy effective?
  • Should tattoos be regarded as “professional dress” for work?
  • Should schools place greater emphasis on the arts programs?
  • Should euthanasia be allowed in hospitals and other clinical settings?
  • Should the government support and implement universal healthcare?
  • Would obesity rates lower if the government intervened to make healthy foods more affordable?
  • Should teenagers be given access to birth control pills without parental consent?
  • Should food allergies be considered a disease?
  • Should health insurance cover homeopathic medicine?
  • Is using painkillers healthy?
  • Should genetically modified foods be banned?
  • Should there be a tax on unhealthy foods?
  • Should tobacco products be banned from the country?
  • Should the birth control pill be free for everyone?

If you need more help brainstorming topics, especially those that are personalized to your interests, you can  use CollegeVine’s free AI tutor, Ivy . Ivy can help you come up with original persuasive speech ideas, and she can also help with the rest of your homework, from math to languages.

Do Your Research

A great persuasive speech is supported with plenty of well-researched facts and evidence. So before you begin the writing process, research both sides of the topic you’re presenting in-depth to gain a well-rounded perspective of the topic.

Understand Your Audience

It’s critical to understand your audience to deliver a great persuasive speech. After all, you are trying to convince them that your viewpoint is correct. Before writing your speech, consider the facts and information that your audience may already know, and think about the beliefs and concerns they may have about your topic. Then, address these concerns in your speech, and be mindful to include fresh, new information.

Have Someone Read Your Speech

Once you have finished writing your speech, have someone read it to check for areas of strength and improvement. You can use CollegeVine’s free essay review tool to get feedback on your speech from a peer!

Practice Makes Perfect

After completing your final draft, the key to success is to practice. Present your speech out loud in front of a mirror, your family, friends, and basically, anyone who will listen. Not only will the feedback of others help you to make your speech better, but you’ll become more confident in your presentation skills and may even be able to commit your speech to memory.

Hopefully, these ideas have inspired you to write a powerful, unique persuasive speech. With the perfect topic, plenty of practice, and a boost of self-confidence, we know you’ll impress your audience with a remarkable speech!

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A persuasive essay seeks to develop students' abilities in persuasion, argumentation, and advocacy for their viewpoints. Also known as argumentative writing, this form of essay utilizes logic and reasoning to establish the dominance of one concept over another. 

The primary goal is to persuade the reader to adopt a specific perspective or take a particular course of action. 

This article explores the definition of a persuasive essay, delves into the distinctions between argumentative and persuasive essays, outlines its fundamental components, and provides crucial writing tips, along with a couple of illustrative examples.

What Is a Persuasive Essay

According to the definition of a persuasive essay, it is a common academic writing assignment often assigned to students in schools, colleges, and universities. The purpose of persuasion in writing is to influence, motivate, or guide readers toward a specific viewpoint or opinion. Engaging in persuasion inherently recognizes the existence of multiple opinions on the subject.

Contrary to the common image of heated exchanges, in writing, an argument takes on a unique form. It embodies a well-reasoned viewpoint supported by evidence and explanations, contributing constructively to the advancement of knowledge and ideas. Written arguments lose effectiveness when emotions overshadow logical reasoning. Although readers may not always align with the presented argument, the goal is to prompt them to respect and contemplate the thesis or opinion as a valid perspective.

Persuasive essays are a frequent task for high school students, especially in English or composition classes, occurring multiple times per semester. In higher education, the frequency varies based on majors and specific courses. Disciplines like English, history, political science, or philosophy often expose students to persuasive essays on multiple occasions throughout a semester.

The Importance of Writing Persuasive Essays

Learning persuasive writing is a foundational skill introduced to students early in their academic journey. It represents a dynamic and enjoyable form of expression designed to spark discussions on chosen subjects. This approach challenges students to adopt a clear stance on specific topics or causes and employ compelling arguments to persuade readers of the author's perspective.

When composing a persuasive essay, students are required to thoroughly investigate the assigned topic, conduct a comprehensive analysis, and take a decisive and argumentative position. Following this, through the use of logical arguments and persuasive language, students must dispel biases and assure readers that the author's viewpoint is the most valid. If, at any point, the task becomes too challenging or time-consuming, our persuasive essay writing service is precisely the support needed to excel in the assignment.

Argumentative vs Persuasive Essay

When students turn to Google with a ' write my paper ' query, the nuances between persuasive and argumentative essays can often perplex them. Despite both being forms of academic writing aiming to sway the reader toward a particular viewpoint or action, several key distinctions exist between the two:

Similarities:

  • Persuasive Purpose: Both types share the primary goal of persuading the reader, influencing their beliefs, attitudes, or actions.
  • Clear Position: In each essay, the writer takes a distinct stance on a specific issue, supporting it with a thesis statement or central claim throughout.
  • Use of Evidence: Both rely on evidence, reasoning, and logical arguments, incorporating facts, examples, statistics, and expert opinions to bolster their case.
  • Counterarguments: Effective essays of both types acknowledge opposing viewpoints (counterarguments) to strengthen their position, showcasing a fair and thorough analysis.
  • Organizational Structure: Both generally follow a similar structure, featuring an introduction, body paragraphs presenting evidence and arguments, and a conclusion summarizing key points and restating the thesis.

Differences:

Audience and Tone:

  • Persuasive Essays: Typically target a broader audience and may employ a more emotional or persuasive tone, appealing to readers' emotions and values.
  • Argumentative Essays: Aimed at a more academic or formal audience, maintaining an objective tone relying on logical reasoning.

Emphasis on Emotion:

  • Persuasive Essays: May use emotional appeals, storytelling, and rhetorical devices to connect with readers emotionally.
  • Argumentative Essays: Prioritize logical reasoning and factual evidence over emotional appeals.

Use of Personal Experience:

  • Persuasive Essays: Writers may draw on personal anecdotes and experiences to make their case.
  • Argumentative Essays: Generally avoid personal experiences, focusing on empirical evidence and objective reasoning.

Purpose Beyond Convincing:

  • Persuasive Essays: While primarily aimed at persuasion, they may also seek to motivate or prompt readers to take action.
  • Argumentative Essays: The main goal is to prove the validity of a point of view through logical and reasoned arguments.

While both essay types share the objective of persuasion, their approaches, tone, and reliance on emotional appeals differ. The choice between them depends on the intended audience and the specific purpose of the essay. For further guidance on writing an argumentative essay, refer to our comprehensive guide on how to write an argumentative essay .

Persuasive Essay Key Elements and Outline

Persuasive essay essentials and framework.

Curious about commencing a persuasive essay? Incorporate the three essential elements, originating from Aristotle's modes of persuasion, to craft a compelling argument influencing others' viewpoints.

Ethos: Establish your credibility, expertise, and moral integrity. Readers trust individuals with genuine knowledge, personal experience, or a respected position. An ethical appeal in persuasive writing effectively advocates your perspective.

Pathos: Appeal to the audience's emotions to elicit feelings. Forging a connection between readers and your narrative enhances engagement and memorability, sparking interest in your writing.

Logos: Persuasively appeal to the audience's logic and reason. A well-structured persuasive essay unfolds logical arguments, guiding readers to embrace your position convincingly.

A gripping persuasive essay seamlessly integrates these modes, rooted in credibility, emotion, and logic, effectively swaying the audience's opinions. Refer to our guide on how to write a synthesis essay , another common task for students.

Formatting Guidelines

  • Font: Utilize Times New Roman, Georgia, or Arial for clarity.
  • Font Size: Set headlines to 16pt; remaining text to 12pt.
  • Alignment: Maintain justified alignment.
  • Spacing: Use double spacing, with exceptions for 1.5 spacing where applicable.
  • Word Count: Aim for 500 to 2000 words; refer to specific assignment instructions.

Outline Template

For a more lucid guide on crafting an outline for a persuasive essay, here's a template focused on the topic 'Are Women Weaker Than Men Today':

  • Introduction
  • Hook: 'In the 21st century, women transcend traditional roles.'
  • Background Information: 'The age-old debate on women's relative strength persists.'
  • Thesis Statement: 'The era of male dominance gives way to a new reality. Today, women excel in any field or role as men do.'
  • Argument #1: Strength in Family Dynamics + Supporting Facts, Stats, and Evidence
  • Argument #2: Strength in the Workplace + Supporting Facts, Stats, and Evidence
  • Argument #3: Strength in Society + Supporting Facts, Stats, and Evidence
  • Summary of Key Arguments
  • Restate Thesis: 'For centuries, women were unjustly labeled as the weaker sex.'
  • Thought-Provoking Conclusion: 'Women globally prove their capability, dispelling traditional notions. Despite achievements, they strive for greater participation, showcasing enduring resilience and determination.'

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Shaping a Compelling Persuasive Argument

Crafting a potent persuasive argument in your essay is intricately linked to the art of presenting compelling points. Here are key tips to guide you in developing irresistible arguments for your paper:

  • Do Thorough Research: Establish a solid understanding of your chosen topic to formulate persuasive arguments. Conduct extensive research using credible sources, gather expert opinions, and unearth pertinent facts.
  • Ensure Controversy: Construct a thesis that encompasses two contrasting sides – the one you endorse and the one you plan to counter. A persuasive argument thrives on a debatable topic, making it crucial for a compelling narrative.
  • Comprehend Contrary Views: Strengthen your arguments by understanding opposing perspectives. Skillfully identify and address counterarguments, enhancing the robustness of your stance.
  • Utilize Supporting Evidence: A persuasive argument gains credibility through substantial evidence. Ensure your essay is replete with relevant and reliable supporting evidence to bolster your assertions.

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Supporting Your Argument

Ensuring the robustness of your persuasive essay involves employing various methods to fortify your argument and resonate with readers:

  • Statistics: Strengthen your ideas by incorporating a range of statistics, as they carry significant weight in the broader context. Ensure the statistics are valid and sourced from reputable sources.

Example: Presently, women constitute 18% of the officer corps and approximately 16% of the enlisted military forces in the United States, reinforcing the notion that women are equally capable as men.

  • Facts: Established facts serve as potent tools of persuasion in your paper.

Example: Research indicates that, in terms of longevity, women are more likely to survive illness and cope with trauma.

  • Examples: Enhance the impact of your persuasive paper by incorporating real-life examples, including personal experiences, references to literature, or historical instances, providing substantial support for your arguments.

Example: Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, serves as a compelling real-life illustration of women's strength. Her success in politics, competing against men, and holding the top spot on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful women for nine consecutive years demonstrate that women can excel in various fields.

  • Quotes: Reinforce your ideas by including direct quotes that reflect the opinions of respected and credible figures.

Example: Mahatma Gandhi once stated, 'To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman. If by strength, brute strength is meant, then indeed, a woman is less brute than a man. If moral power is meant by strength, then the woman is immeasurably man's superior...'

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How to Write a Persuasive Essay: Steps to Success

When undertaking the task of composing a persuasive essay, a common mistake students make is plunging directly into the writing process, often neglecting crucial preparatory steps. To remedy this, we present a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to navigate you through the entire process:

Choose a Great Topic

Your persuasive skills shine when advocating for something you genuinely believe in. One of the critical steps in writing a persuasive essay is selecting a topic that resonates with your convictions. While research remains essential, having a strong opinion about the subject will fortify your argument.

Do Thorough Research

To master the art of writing a persuasive essay, you need to convince readers to embrace your viewpoint while understanding the opposing perspective. Familiarize yourself with both sides of the argument and learn how to effectively counter opposing views to address potential doubts.

Know Your Audience

Before persuading your readers, get to know them. Tailor your approach to match your target demographic. For instance, if you're advocating for the removal of standardized testing from school systems, consider that your primary audience is likely parents. If delving into readers' minds seems challenging, you might explore custom essay writing services from professional writers skilled in appealing to diverse audiences.

Create an Outline

Before embarking on the writing process, construct a persuasive essay outline. This helps structure your thoughts, organize your research, and establish your essay's framework. Elaborate on main points, pairing them with relevant supporting evidence from cited sources.

Compose a Captivating Introduction

A compelling article begins with an effective persuasive essay introduction, typically the first paragraph. Its purpose is to introduce the central premise, provide necessary background information, appeal to the reader's sensibilities, and capture their attention. The introduction should also feature your essay's thesis statement, acting as a roadmap for the ensuing content.

Write Your Body Paragraphs

This section forms the substantive core of your persuasive essay, using data and evidence to support your thesis while addressing opposing viewpoints. Each body paragraph comprises a topic sentence, pertinent supporting sentences, and a closing or transition sentence. This structure maintains focus, delivering clear and concise information. It's also an opportunity to discuss opposing opinions, ensuring claims are substantiated with credible and pertinent information. Did you know that one of the reasons students choose an essay service is because they find body paragraph writing too exhausting?

Conclude Powerfully

The persuasive essay conclusion is the final segment, encapsulating the entire work. It should recap your thesis, summarize key supporting ideas, and convey your final perspective. This is where you present your call-to-action if urging readers to take prompt action on a particular issue.

Proofread Diligently

Always subject your writing to thorough proofreading before submission. Overlooked words, grammatical errors, or sentence structure issues can undermine your credibility in the reader's eyes.

Writing a Persuasive Essay: Key Recommendations

Considering the aforementioned information, here are concluding tips to elevate the caliber of your persuasive essay:

1. Simplicity Over Complexity:

  • Embrace simplicity over complexity. While incorporating vocabulary variety is acceptable, don't anticipate a higher grade solely from using fancy synonyms. Find your writing style and aim for clarity.

2. Natural Transitions:

  • Ensure your essay flows seamlessly by employing logical transitions between different sections. This enhances readability, making your essay easy and enjoyable to read.

3. Explore Different Writing Methods:

  • Experiment with various persuasive writing methods. While fundamental elements are covered in this article, numerous other techniques can be discovered in various sources and mediums.

4. Meticulous Proofreading:

  • Triple-check your work! Regular practice and diligent proofreading enhance the quality of your writing. Review your essay for readability, logical consistency, style, tone, and alignment with the thesis. Seek a second opinion by having a friend read your essay.

5. Ask the Right Questions:

After writing and proofreading, address the following inquiries:

  • Did I adhere to the teacher's instructions?
  • Have I addressed the primary question presented in the assignment (if applicable)?
  • Is my essay well-structured?
  • Is the text coherent and clear?
  • Is my word choice throughout the paper appropriate?
  • Have I provided sufficient supporting evidence for my ideas?
  • Is my paper free of errors?
  • Can I enhance the overall quality further?
  • Does it present a convincing argument?

So, knowing all the vital elements of persuasive writing, have you already contemplated persuasive essay topics ? See our collection to get your creative juices flowing!

Persuasive Essay Examples

Explore the persuasive essay examples provided below to gain a deeper comprehension of crafting this type of document.

Persuasive Essay Example: Are Women Weaker Than Men Today?

This well-structured persuasive essay challenges the presumption that women are weaker than men and presents supporting evidence.

The question of whether women are weaker than men has often elicited raging debates, with conservationists arguing that women are certainly weaker than men. The converse is, however, true, and if the 21st-century woman is to be taken as an example, women are certainly as strong as men, if not stronger, across all comparable platforms. The era of male dominance came to an end with the rise of feminine power, and gone are the days when men were the more dominant of the human species. As the saying goes, "what men can do, women can do better," the women of today can do almost everything men can do and as just as good.

Persuasive Essay Example: Should People Who Download Music and Movies Illegally Be Punished?

This persuasive essay example adeptly employs source material and addresses a contemporary concern. The author questions the concept of online piracy and argues that media sharing has become a societal norm.

The United States government came up with the Copyright Act of 1976 to protect the works of art by different artists. The act outlines the punishable felonies concerning authenticity; for instance, illegally downloading music from the internet is a punishable offense. In addition, it sets specific fines for committing such crimes; for example, it says that one could pay a fine of up to $ 30,000 per piece of work (Burrell & Coleman, n.d.). Therefore, though downloading songs freely from the internet could sound normal, it is a felony. However, some questions exist on whether this act is worth the penalties. For this reason, a critical analysis of the transgression will determine whether or not it merits the charges.

This comprehensive guide encompasses all the essential aspects of crafting a persuasive essay. From choosing a compelling topic to constructing robust arguments, we've delineated the crucial steps. Additionally, we've shared insights on crafting impactful introductions and conclusions. By adhering to this guide, you can master the art of persuasion, effectively conveying your viewpoints to captivate your audience and potentially achieve an outstanding grade.

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Are you looking to improve your persuasive writing skills?

One of the best ways to do that is by reading persuasive essay examples. These examples can show you how to structure your arguments effectively.

But finding good examples can be a challenge. Don't worry, though – we've gathered some helpful persuasive essays for you right here!

So, if you're in search of persuasive essay examples to help you write your own, you're in the right place. 

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Persuasive Essay Examples For Students

A persuasive essay aims to convince the reader of the author’s point of view. 

To find the right path for your essay, it's helpful to go through some examples. Similarly, good essay examples also help to avoid any potential pitfalls and offer clear information to the readers to adopt. 

Here are some persuasive essay examples pdf:

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The following are good persuasive essay examples for high school. Having a look at them will help you understand better.

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Check out these persuasive essay examples for middle school to get a comprehensive idea of the format structure. 

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Persuasive Essay Examples for College Students

Essay writing at the college level becomes more difficult and complicated. We have provided you with top-notch college persuasive and argumentative essay examples here.

Read them to understand the essay writing process easily. 

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It becomes even more challenging to draft a perfect essay at the university level. Have a look at the below examples of a persuasive essay to get an idea of writing one.

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Persuasive Essay Examples for Different Formats

A persuasive essay can be written in several formats. For instance, you can write the usual 5-paragraph essay, or even something longer or shorter.

Below are a few sample essays in various common formats.

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These examples tell you how to remain convincing and persuasive regardless of the essay format you use.

Persuasive Essay Outline Examples

Creating an impressive outline is the most important step for writing a persuasive essay. It helps to organize thoughts and make the writing process easier.

 A standard outline consists of the following sections.

  • Introduction
  • Body Paragraphs

Have a look at the following persuasive essay outline template examples.

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Persuasive Essay Format Example

A persuasive essay outline is bound to follow a specific format and structure. The main elements of a persuasive essay format are as follows.

  • Font: Times New Roman, Georgia, or Arial
  • Font Size: 16pt for the headlines and 12pt for the rest of the text
  • Alignment: Justified
  • Spacing: Double spacing
  • Word Count: It usually contains 500 to 2000 words

How to Write A Persuasive Essay With Examples

Planning an essay before starting writing is essential to produce an organized and structured writing piece. So, it is better to understand the concept beforehand to impress your instructor.  

The below example will show a good starting to an essay.

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How to Start a Persuasive Essay Examples

The introduction is the first part of an essay and your first chance to grab the reader's attention. It should clearly state the essay's purpose and give the reader a clear idea of what to expect.

A compelling persuasive essay introduction must have the following elements.

  • Hook statement + topic
  • A strong thesis statement
  • Your arguments

Here are some examples of persuasive essay introductions to help you make a compelling start:

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How to End a Persuasive Essay Examples

Just like the introduction, the conclusion of the persuasive essay is equally important. It is considered as the last impression of your writing piece to the audience.

A good conclusion paragraph must include the following aspects.

  • Restate the thesis statement or hypothesis
  • Summarize the key arguments
  • Avoid being obvious
  • Include a call to action

Have a look at the document to explore the sample conclusions of a persuasive essay.

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Catchy Persuasive Essay Topics

Now that you have read some good examples, it's time to write your own persuasive essay.

But what should you write about? You can write persuasive essays about any topic, from business and online education to controversial topics like abortion , gun control , and more.

Here is a list of ten persuasive essay topics that you can use to grab your reader's attention and make them think:

  • Should the government increase taxes to fund public health initiatives?
  • Is the current education system effective in preparing students for college and the workplace?
  • Should there be tighter gun control laws?
  • Should schools have uniforms or a dress code?
  • Are standardized tests an accurate measure of student performance?
  • Should students be required to take physical education courses?
  • Is undocumented immigration a legitimate cause for concern in the United States?
  • Is affirmative action still necessary in today’s society?
  • How much, if any, regulation should there be on technology companies?
  • Is the death penalty an appropriate form of punishment for serious crimes?

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An argumentative essay requires you to decide on a topic and take a position on it. You'll need to back up your viewpoint with well-researched facts and information as well. One of the hardest parts is deciding which topic to write about, but there are plenty of ideas available to get you started.

Choosing a Great Argumentative Essay Topic

Students often find that most of their work on these essays is done before they even start writing. This means that it's best if you have a general interest in your subject, otherwise you might get bored or frustrated while trying to gather information. (You don't need to know everything, though.) Part of what makes this experience rewarding is learning something new.

It's best if you have a general interest in your subject, but the argument you choose doesn't have to be one that you agree with.

The subject you choose may not necessarily be one that you are in full agreement with, either. You may even be asked to write a paper from the opposing point of view. Researching a different viewpoint helps students broaden their perspectives. 

Ideas for Argument Essays

Sometimes, the best ideas are sparked by looking at many different options. Explore this list of possible topics and see if a few pique your interest. Write those down as you come across them, then think about each for a few minutes.

Which would you enjoy researching? Do you have a firm position on a particular subject? Is there a point you would like to make sure to get across? Did the topic give you something new to think about? Can you see why someone else may feel differently?

50 Possible Topics

A number of these topics are rather controversial—that's the point. In an argumentative essay, opinions matter and controversy is based on opinions, which are, hopefully, backed up by facts.   If these topics are a little too controversial or you don't find the right one for you, try browsing through persuasive essay and speech topics  as well.

  • Is global climate change  caused by humans?
  • Is the death penalty effective?
  • Is our election process fair?
  • Is torture ever acceptable?
  • Should men get paternity leave from work?
  • Are school uniforms beneficial?
  • Do we have a fair tax system?
  • Do curfews keep teens out of trouble?
  • Is cheating out of control?
  • Are we too dependent on computers?
  • Should animals be used for research?
  • Should cigarette smoking be banned?
  • Are cell phones dangerous?
  • Are law enforcement cameras an invasion of privacy?
  • Do we have a throwaway society?
  • Is child behavior better or worse than it was years ago?
  • Should companies market to children?
  • Should the government have a say in our diets?
  • Does access to condoms prevent teen pregnancy?
  • Should members of Congress have term limits?
  • Are actors and professional athletes paid too much?
  • Are CEOs paid too much?
  • Should athletes be held to high moral standards?
  • Do violent video games cause behavior problems?
  • Should creationism be taught in public schools?
  • Are beauty pageants exploitative ?
  • Should English be the official language of the United States?
  • Should the racing industry be forced to use biofuels?
  • Should the alcohol drinking age be increased or decreased?
  • Should everyone be required to recycle?
  • Is it okay for prisoners to vote (as they are in some states)?
  • Is it good that same-sex couples are able to marry?
  • Are there benefits to attending a single-sex school ?
  • Does boredom lead to trouble?
  • Should schools be in session year-round ?
  • Does religion cause war?
  • Should the government provide health care?
  • Should abortion be illegal?
  • Are girls too mean to each other?
  • Is homework harmful or helpful?
  • Is the cost of college too high?
  • Is college admission too competitive?
  • Should euthanasia be illegal?
  • Should the federal government legalize marijuana use nationally ?
  • Should rich people be required to pay more taxes?
  • Should schools require foreign language or physical education?
  • Is affirmative action fair?
  • Is public prayer okay in schools?
  • Are schools and teachers responsible for low test scores?
  • Is greater gun control a good idea?
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